i am digitizing a full alphabet for the first time, to be used as part of an identity package. i had flirted with this kind of work in the past with individual characters, but always stopped short of a full alphabet.
discussions like this one have been extremely helpful in addressing general best practices for vector technique. however, they have largely failed to address the very specific considerations involved in drawing digital type.
my remaining concern is for the finest level of detail — the best approach to bracketing a joint, capping a serif, etc.
i've taken to inspecting H&FJ letterforms for reference, as they seem to be thorough in terms of optical sizes, consistent in their execution, i like them.
i'm interested to hear from the community about everyone's respective approach to achieving the best results on this purely technical level.
the examples I attached are details HTF Didot 96 Light. here's what i see as odd/notable/worth considering as I proceed, corresponding to numbered images:
1. serifs terminate in rounded caps, but not semi-circular caps as would a round-capped stroke in illustrator. the curvature of these caps is standardized. likewise, the curvature of the joints is consistent throughout — distance of anchor points from hypothetical corner, positioning of handles, everything. this leads me to infer that the responsible parties have developed a method to standardize these elements.
2. however, in some cases, curves I would expect to be consistent are not quite consistent, leading me to believe that the responsible parties are simply eyeballing it — extremely accurately — or that some judgment beyond my abilities has been applied to this case.
3. strokes, though they appear consistent throughout, are actually inconsistent between horizontal/vertical/diagonal instances. this formal inconsistency appears to be consistent in its application.
what is the best way to address these issues? the simplest aspect of the question seems to be that of standardization of brackets/caps (which seems like it should be an easy software issue, but i have found no easier way than transplanting one curve over and over. this is tedious; seems stupid; i don't want to do it).
the questions suggested be 2-3 seem to be broader questions of drawing methodology. i have inferred certain relatively common, deliberate inconsistencies in letterform design (the lower curve of a capital S, O, J, etc. descending below the baseline to achieve the appearance of sitting on the baseline, for example) which appear to be relatively standardized. are the issues of 2-3 comparable? if so, how does one best negotiate them?