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Lato revisited (version 2.0)
Posted 19 Jun 2014 - 10:42pm

I don't think anyone has done a post on version 2.0 of this family. Apologies if someone has. But I just went and looked (and downloaded) the new version. I didn't check every weight, but WOW.

Which lead to my posting the...

Atlas of early printing
Posted 30 Nov 2013 - 6:44pm


Fun, I think. Toggle the red button for printing presses, yellow for paper mills, blue for universities. The slider along the top, in 5-year increments, shows the tremendous...

Does H&FJ Whitney Greek include polytonic?
Posted 3 Jul 2013 - 6:37pm

Tried to figure this out from the website, then did a Google search, but can't find anything indicating Whitney includes polytonic Greek. Usually that means no, does anyone know for sure?

Help buying Skolar
Posted 2 Jul 2013 - 8:26pm

We have a new book in to set, the font(s) specified is Skolar, which we will have to buy.

Whenever possible, I try to use whatever distributor gives the most money to the designer. So, I don't know if I can get closer to filling David Březina...

Brill -- the typeface
Posted 19 May 2013 - 9:13pm

I know Brill is the name of publishing house. What I didn't know-- though I suppose most of you did -- was it was also the name of William's lead ship when he invaded England.

From Wikipedia:

With a Dutch army, William...

Name of this kind of binding?
Posted 2 May 2013 - 7:06pm

A friend of mine needs to know what this kind of binding is termed (technically) -- The book are from Europe...


The ball-point pen?
Posted 28 Apr 2013 - 8:19am

I've read the thread on Greek typography -- well, a goodly portion of the almost 300 posts. All the talk about scribes and pens lead me to wonder what effect the ball-point pen has had on type. Does anyone *like* the writing from ball-point pens?...

Posted 18 Apr 2013 - 7:45pm

From a post made 9 July, 2010, at 11:09 am:

FLS6 ...we're in the pre-alpha status now. Our intent is to have FontLab Studio 6 for Windows available by the end of this calendar year, and the Mac version 3-4 months later.


Greek in "Language" w/ InDesign character styles
Posted 25 Mar 2013 - 7:36pm

We have to set a textbook -- called "midlevel" by the publisher -- for classical Greek.

It occurred to me if we use a character style for the Greek, one option under the advanced features is a language setting -- which I would suppose has some...

20 really fun ('cause they're so bad) book jackets
Posted 22 Mar 2013 - 7:52pm


Any (automatic) way to change a component in a composite character?
Posted 27 Feb 2013 - 2:08pm

In a reply to a thread by RachelR


Karsten wrote:

Per each glyph, select the outline which you want to convert into a component and then choose "...

Wace edtion of Dowding's Finer points
Posted 25 Jan 2013 - 7:40am

Can someone tell me the measure used in the Wace edition -- the one where Dowding supervised the composition -- of Finer points in the spacing and arrangement of type?

For Hrant, to help with his "Additional Information..."
Posted 3 Jan 2013 - 7:29am

The Milky Way galaxy is a member of an association named the Local Group, a relatively small group of galaxies that has a diameter of approximately one megaparsec.

Any way to lighten a glyph in InDesign?
Posted 25 Dec 2012 - 8:13am

So, within the layout program (say, InDesign), you can make a glyph heavier --bolder -- by stroking it. Very slight adjustments are possible.

But *Stroke* won't take a negative value. Can anyone think of another technique to lighten a glyph?...

Foundry type in 1705 England?
Posted 15 Nov 2012 - 12:31pm

I sorta kinda would like to identify the family used for

The History and Present State of Virginia, in Four Parts.

Not the 1940-whatever edition put out by UNC press, the 1705 edition, with this imprint

London: Printed for R....

Massive error in Wikipedia
Posted 12 Sep 2012 - 8:05pm

I put this in the build section because the people with the most experience tend to hang out here, at least from time to time.

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If you look up most any typographic topic in Wikipedia -- say, letterspacing


end-of-line word division at glottal stop?
Posted 28 Jul 2012 - 12:08pm

We are setting a book with A LOT of different Native American languages -- Hopi, Navajo, etc. etc.

If you make a general word list (language unknown) and avoid certain letter pairings as hyphenation points, not many choices remain -- for...

Polytonic Greek fonts to go with Venetians? John Hudson?
Posted 1 May 2012 - 7:27pm

We have a long-time customer that is aiming to expand their format designs for their classical literature series. They have one design that works well, using Garamond Premier Pro. Minion would work for the same reason, but I'm curious about having a...

Sunday Night Spammer
Posted 25 Mar 2012 - 9:52pm

Strikes again. Or is it Monday in Russia?

Question about orthography in the Cheyenne language
Posted 15 Mar 2012 - 11:16am

We've been sent a list of special characters to make up for a book In Sun's Likeness and Power: Cheyenne Accounts of Shield and Tipi Heraldry.

Most I can figure out, like

"capital A with right-opened half ring above"

FontLab and cap accents
Posted 16 Aug 2011 - 10:00am

OK, I make my accents for the caps with a "dot.case" name(e.g., acute.case), which I thought was the proper name for automatic accented character building. But when I make a "caron.case", bloody FL just goes ahead & uses the regular (lowercase)...

Gill's Pilgrim (Bunyan)?
Posted 15 Apr 2011 - 8:30pm

I see Linotype has issued a PostScript version of Pilgrim, and there is also an issue from Paratype (same one?). Neither has old-style figures or small caps, even the "Pro."

Back when we were using the Linotron 202, there was a supplemental...

need a word with f + adieresis
Posted 15 Mar 2011 - 8:03pm

For an example. Something not profane, vulgar or obscene -- going in a book. I bet Swedish has some. As I remember, f + umlauted vowels was the reason Carter made a Swedish version of C&C Galliard.

Scaling a font: InDesign, FontLab, Fontographer
Posted 27 Dec 2010 - 2:21pm

I was fooling around with a font in InDesign, and noticed that scaling it to 99% horizontal, 100% vertical gave a better-looking font.

So, I opened up the font in FontLab, and scaled it 99% horizontal 100 vertical. Then the same thing using the...

me, being lazy, whiny, about grep styles. . .
Posted 27 Nov 2010 - 3:44pm

In a way, this is an InDesign post. My only excuse for posting here is there may be some implications for OT features. And that a bunch of you have greater skill writing regular expressions . . .

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It always bothers me when full caps...