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Horizontal and vertical stems in FontLab

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Hello everyone,
I've a question about horizontal and vertical stems in FontLab.
Going to Font Info --> Hinting Settings --> Standard stems (T1 hinting) it is possible to define values for horizontal and vertical font's standard stems.
But when I'm in a blank Glyph Window is there a way to visualize horizontal and vertical hints based on those values?
I mean, how can I make those values useful for the designing process of the glyphs?
Thank you for your help!

Detecting Reverse PS Hints with Python

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Hey Everyone,

I'm stumped. Does anyone here know how to detect reversed postscript hints using Python in FontLab?

Here's what I tried:

font = fl.font
glyphs = font.glyphs


for index in range(len(fl.font)):
glyph = fl.font[index]
vhw = glyph.vhints.width
if len(vhw) < 0:
print glyph.name, vhw

I find there are two things wrong here (but I don't know how to fix them).
1. FL py reports width as not being an attribute of hhints
2. len(vhw) < 0 returns nothing even when I know those instances are present

Any help is appreciated.

What is the difference between Hints and Links?

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Hi.

I've been studying optimal hinting techniques for correct screen display of typefaces. I've read tens or hundreds of pages of text about hinting, and I've taken quite a few stabs at googling it (the word "link" is a pretty useless search term on the internet).

Still I can't still quite grasp the difference between a hint and a link. Could someone here explain it to me?

Regards,
S.