Why longs_t ligature? (OpenType LatPro question)

Cristobal Henestrosa's picture

As I said in a recent thread, I am working with the OpenType LatPro encoding. I am curious about why longs_t is the only longs- ligature. It seems odd to me because it is certainly a not-so common glyph. I mean, if I were to include some ligature with longs, I’d go first for something like longs_i, longs_l or even longs_longs (i. e., the equivalents to f_i, f_l and f_f, the most common f- ligatures).

schriftgestalt's picture

This is probably because the longs_t ligature is very common in Germany, where the longs has a much longer tradition then elsewhere with its use in fraktur type.

Georg

Seymour Caprice's picture

The first seven slots of the Unicode Block "Alphabetic Presentation Forms" are Latin ligatures. As such they have become "Grandfathered In" and many ad hoc encodings simply take this pattern and run with it:


f_f ------- FB00 LATIN SMALL LIGATURE FF
fi -------- FB01 LATIN SMALL LIGATURE FI
fl -------- FB02 LATIN SMALL LIGATURE FL
f_f_i ----- FB03 LATIN SMALL LIGATURE FFI
f_f_l ----- FB04 LATIN SMALL LIGATURE FFL
longs_t --- FB05 LATIN SMALL LIGATURE LONG S T
s_t ------- FB06 LATIN SMALL LIGATURE ST

twardoch's picture

Seymour,

exectly that.

Cristobal Henestrosa's picture

Thanks guys!

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