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I think I'm getting to grips with OpenType coding - I just birthed my first contextual one-to-many substitution, and am as proud as you'd expect - but I'm still puzzled by one thing and unsure about another.

The puzzle is that when I define-and-run a lookup, the layout engine goes back to the start of the glyph run, as I'd expect. But when I call a lookup, it doesn't, at least in FontLab. Is that just how it is?

The uncertainty is over whether all kinds of lookup types are allowed in all features, or whether it's better to stick to the lookup types specified for features at the Microsoft OT spec site. I know FontLab is liberal, but are all apps?

Thanks very much for any help!
George

Hi all.
Recently I’ve switched to proportional fonts for programming, and have been looking for font choices, but find I’m missing some vocabulary.

There was a post on variable width fonts for coding here: http://typophile.com/node/13090
But aside from a few choices, I couldn't glean how to look for good fonts.

Here are the characteristics I’m looking for:
0 - The font needs to work well at small sizes and coarse resolutions.
1 - The lowercase L and number 1, as well as capital i, need to be distinct at small sizes. Same with zero and o (upper and lowercase).
2 - Punctuation needs to be prominent. A period and a comma mustn’t be confused. Same with primes and hatches. (Helvetica and Fira Sans crash and burn here).

Typophiles here might be interested in this praiseworthy endeavour by a programmer who’s designing his own monospace font for coding. For now, one weight and one style only, but he seems to have quite a few optical sizes in mind (probably without him even realizing what that means).

The designer/developer (Pablo Caro) explicitely asks for criticism, so he can take constructive feedback into account while developing further. His sample text settings were posted on Hacker News (a popular forum for coders and programmers), where they’re being discussed. By hackers. For typophiles it’s anyhow interesting to read how programmers rationalize about type design, without the burden (?) of tradition and jargon: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=6354396

Typophiles here might be interested in this praiseworthy endeavour by a programmer who’s designing his own monospace font for coding. For now, one weight and one style only, but he seems to have quite a few optical sizes in mind (probably without him even realizing what that means).

The designer/developer (Pablo Caro) explicitely asks for criticism, so he can take constructive feedback into account while developing further. His sample text settings were posted on Hacker News (a popular forum for coders and programmers), where they’re being discussed. By hackers. For typophiles it’s anyhow interesting to read how programmers rationalize about type design, without the burden (?) of tradition and jargon: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=6354396

I made this introduction to typography website a couple weeks back for a class project. I wanted to give the basics of type in a super dumbed-down way. What do you guys think?

http://willryan.us/typefun01/

Hello people of typophile!

First of all, english is not my native language, so i hope not to make too much mistakes in my communication! I've been a reader of the forum for years, and by now I thought that my first post would have been for the release of a typeface, but nope.. not yet...

Hello, i'm a russian blogger and developer. I want to make a review of fonts, targeted for software developers(using it in IDE, editors).
Due my location, i can't get a good information about best fonts(including proprietary fonts) for my work. Yes, my friends use fonts like Arial, Courier New, Liberation. It's so scary.
So, i want to find more information in asking of you, of professionals in fonts chosing :)
Now i'm scanning google in searching of better fonts(like monaco, incosolata etc), but all pages are old. Maybe, you can tell me something new about fonts for development?
I found alot of proprietary font, but i can't try it in my IDE(Eclipse and emacs). But, if i have a some more information about what fonts need to try - i'll buy it.

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