Small caps Eszett?

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Eimantas Paškonis's picture
Joined: 26 Mar 2010 - 11:24am
Small caps Eszett?

I don't know german, but I'm aware that there are no consensus on capital (therefore - small cap. too) eszett glyph.
Should or shouldn't I make smcp version? What's the common practice?

Claus Eggers Sørensen's picture
Joined: 17 Jan 2007 - 5:49am

If you design a capital eszet, and you have small-caps in the font, then you of course also have to design the small-caps eszet.

Riccardo Sartori's picture
Joined: 13 Jul 2009 - 4:20am

If you da a versal Eszett (and you should), and you do small caps, you should do a small caps Eszett too.

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Joined: 28 Feb 2010 - 4:47pm

Germans told me that by default lowercase Eszett is best mapped to ‘SS’ as an uppercase glyph (same goes for small caps). Current German school orthography apparently calls for this substitution and many of your customers will have to stick to the traditional spelling. Capital Eszett (and its small-caps rendering) can (and, according to some, should) be made available in a stylistic set. Making it default is likely to cause problems for users who don’t work in OpenType-savvy applications.

My opinion: If you can come up with a nice shape, please include it in your typeface.