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Wouter Ramaker's picture
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Monospace composite characters
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I'm looking for nice examples of composite characters (Æ/æ/Œ/œ/IJ/ij) within monospace typefaces; especially more heavily grid-based ones.

Which typeface succeeds in putting two characters in the space of one, while maintaining the same look, feel, spacing & darkness?

Cristobal Henestrosa's picture
Joined: 24 May 2005 - 7:36am
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I’d like to know that, too. IMHO, it can’t be done, since it would imply the double of darkness into one single slot.

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One solution I have found is to reduce the weight of the stroke in the composite characters, so visually it has the same darkness as 'normal' characters.

This is Capibara Mono by Caketype

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Joined: 24 May 2005 - 7:36am
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Yes, that could be a solution. Seems to work in text sizes (not so sure, though). But in bigger sizes it just looks too light.

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"m" has three verticals, likewise with the dipthongs.
(Panoptica Doesburg shown.)

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Nick, are you suggesting there is no problem?

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It's the same problem as "m" if the face is reduced to a perpendicular grid.
In another execution, such as a serifed, contrasted-stroke italic, it would be a different problem, and more of a problem:

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I understand.

It might just be my own design, that has an open feeling (and where the M doesn't have three verticals), in which the combined characters seem to feel out of place.