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Luca del Carlo's picture
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Japanese Diacritical
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I'm working on a text set in Baskerville (MT) which has a few Japanese names with a macron, such as "Jun'ichirō". Unfortunately, Baskerville doesn't seem to offer this in the glyphs panel. Any suggestions/similar fonts with this diacritic? Thank you.

Riccardo Sartori's picture
Joined: 13 Jul 2009 - 4:20am
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A starting point:
http://www.myfonts.com/search/baskerville+char%3A%C5%8D/

Unfortunately, it doesn't work perfectly, so it's better to check the availability of the needed characters using the preview text too.

Nina Stössinger's picture
Joined: 19 Jun 2006 - 3:01pm
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Doesn't the font have a separate macron which you could just kern over the character(s) in question? That would be the best solution.
If you do use a different font, I'd advise to use it only for the macron, not the complete o-with-macron. (Edit: Or just switch to a different cut of Baskerville altogether that has everything you need – but that may not be an option.)

Riccardo Sartori's picture
Joined: 13 Jul 2009 - 4:20am
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It also depends on the nature and possible future use of the text in question. The kerned macron solution would be good just for printed matter.
One solution I have seen (but advise against) is replacing the macron with a circumflex.

André G. Isaak's picture
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Joined: 31 May 2008 - 10:05am
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An alternative to the circumflex (which is AFAIK archaic) would be Junichiroo.

André

Tom Gewecke's picture
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Joined: 4 May 2008 - 8:54am
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The Baskerville on my Mac does include the o-macron. Version 7.0d4e2