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Natalie Barbara's picture
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Unique characters
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Hello

I'm creating font for the first time and I need some help.

I'm using Fontlab. I need to add in some unique characters, but I'm not sure how to do it! The client wants to be able to write Mr normally, Mr with a small r, and Mr with a small r and " underneath the r! At first I thought ligatures but I'm not sure that they would then be able to write Mr normally or with Superscript?

Also Fontlab doesn't seem to have a pound sign!?

If anyone could help that would be great and if anyone wants to take the job off of me that would be awesome!

thanks a lot!!

Andreas Stötzner's picture
Joined: 12 Mar 2007 - 10:21am
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…a pound sign!?

Natalie,
in the middle top of Fontlab’s font window there are a few buttons to click on and just left to that is a popup menu to choose options from. I suggest you making yourself a little familiar with these.

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Natalie,

if it's for Microsoft Word, you could use stylistic sets features (ss01, ss02) to turn on the different ligatures. You could go with something like that (provided that M_r.ss01 is the one variant and M_r.ss02 is the other):

feature ss01 {
sub M r by M_r.ss01;
} ss01;
feature ss02 {
sub M r by M_r.ss02;
} ss02;
feature dlig {
sub M r from M_r.ss01;
} dlig;
feature salt {
sub M r from M_r.ss02;
} salt;

Preferably, you might want to use some contextual substitutions so you don't have situations where "Stanley" would be written with a superscript "t". So perhaps:

feature ss01 {
sub M' r' [space period] by M_r.ss01;
} ss01;
feature ss02 {
sub M' r' [space period] by M_r.ss02;
} ss02;
feature dlig {
sub M' r' [space period] from M_r.ss01;
} dlig;
feature salt {
sub M' r' [space period] from M_r.ss02;
} salt;

Regards,
Adam