Please excuse the uninformed question (I'll gladly be pointed somewhere if this was discussed before): I think I've never worked with a font before that had small cap parentheses, and now that the wonderful Whitman has presented them to me, I'm both thrilled, and not quite sure if/how best to use them.
The book in question is a German sorta semi-scholarly nonfiction publication. I'm setting quoted researchers' names in SC, so together with OSFs the small cap parens seem to work quite nicely in situations like these:
…but I'm uncertain for parentheses that have a cap-initialled small cap name and a year:
The small ones look nicer to my eye in the overall texture; but I wonder if that small cap parenthesis doesn't look a bit silly in front of the cap?
Mostly I guess I'm worried I'll open up a can of worms because sometimes these "short" parentheses will be rather close to a parenthesis with more stuff in it that isn't in small caps, so I'll need the full-height ones there…
Stuff like this makes me think I'll run into far less trouble if I just stick to the full-height ones. But the small ones look better. And what would one use them for, if not for stuff like this?
Can you tell I'm confused?