FontLab Proofing

Alexander Atkinson's picture

Pretty basic question, but I couldn't find an answer. Here it is:

I'm expanding a typeface to include old style numerals and small capitals. I have a draft of all these glyphs drawn in FontLab. How would you go about proofing these? I see that you can print up glyph tables in FontLab, but I'm wondering if there is an effective way to create specimen sheets with all these new glyphs in the context of the larger typeface? Ideally, I'd like to print them out. Thank you,

Luke

blank's picture

Just export a font and print them in Indesign.

hrant's picture

I assume the original font was done by somebody else? If so, first of all know that many font licensing agreements prohibit any sort of modification, so to stay squeaky-clean legal you'd have to make a totally separate font with your additions and use it in parallel to the original... Although to me if you keep it all safely internal I think it's acceptable to ignore such a no-mod clause*, especially to ease development. But if you let it leak out, beware...

* There was a useful recent thread about this, but for the life of me I can't find it right now...

Since you're sort of splicing in to somebody else's thought process, in terms of making the new glyphs work think not just about maintaining things like equal weight with the original, but also what glyphs from the original's set your stuff needs to work with. For example, smallcaps have to work with both the caps (in "capitalized" all-caps setting) and the lowercase (especially for acronyms) and they should probably also harmonize with the numerals, both from the original and the new ones. So make a specimen sheet that covers all these permutations.

hhp

Alexander Atkinson's picture

Dunwich Type, I guess that's what I'll do. Thanks.

Alexander Atkinson's picture

hrant, It's legally sound. Definitely trying to cover all my bases in the specimen sheet. Thanks.

hrant's picture

OK, academic at this point, but I did find the bugger:
http://typophile.com/node/87356
http://typophile.com/node/87356#comment-504645

hhp

Alexander Atkinson's picture

hrant, Thanks for the links to those threads. It's an important legal area which I could use more knowledge about. For this project, I am expanding the typeface only after being commissioned to do so by its owner. I am not going to be selling this myself or making any money off of it.

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