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Plastica: Experimental 3D typeface issues

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Hello guys,
I’m nearly finishing work on my new experimental 3D typeface called Plastica. I’m facing few problems I would like to discuss.

It is CFF OpenType made in FontLab on PC. Outlines are very precise and I used atypical custom UPM of 2300 units (23 modules at 100 units). But this should be fine regarding to older nodes on Typophile.
There are two versions: Plastica One (Striped) and Plastica Two (Outlined).
And here is what I struggle with:

1) On-screen rendering issues:

Advanced OpenType features

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I'm wondering if it's possible to script any advanced features. Primarily I'm looking to solve a specific problem, but more generally I'm curious if more can be done with OT scripting than the standard "sub" script to replace one glyph with an other.

I'm tired of people over-hyphens so I wanted to script a fix for that, so in the standard ligatures I put the following code:
sub comma hyphen by comma_endash;

This replaces the comma followed by a hyphen with a ligature glyph where I have a comma followed by a line which is in between the hyphen and the en dash in length, which is more appropriate for denoting prices ($50,–).

Open Type scripting dilemma

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hello folks, i have aquestion about ot scripting.

the font i'm working on is uppercase only and it has a lot of stylistic sets. of course i had to include lowercase glyphs too, but they just mirror the uppercase glyphs. however, for the alternative glyphs, i don't do uc and lc for each one of them, only the uc.

then i put only the uc glyphs in my stylistic sets classes and so for this to work with the lc as well, i'm doing a lookup that changes lowercase into uppercase before each substitution.

feature ss01 {
lookup ss01a { sub @lower by @upper; } ss01a;
lookup ss01b { sub @class_0 by @class_1; } ss01b; # they contain only uppercase
} ss01;

Fully featured OT font into separate fonts

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What would be the best/smart/easy way to transform an OT font that is fully featured and has several stylistic variants, into separate fonts for each feature, while still maintaining the kerning pairs etc.?

For example if an OT font has the standard latin characters + small caps + titling characters + alternates... to have the SC and Titling as standalone functional separate fonts.

What would be a good way to do do that?

Controlling local (country) quotation styles with OT

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Trying to control quotation marks when typesetting in inDesign:

I am trying to see if I can make quotation marks change automatically for different languages. For example if I select (in InDesign) the Language drop-down menu in the character palette > my English style quotes would transform into French guillemet quotes.

I see that just by having the standard repertoire of quotes does not mean easy implementation.

Otherwise how do French or German typographers call for a specific style of quotation mark?
- Do the desired marks have to be the default in the font file?

Any help to solve this mystery appreciated.

Michael Hernan