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Re: Pali Typeface

Post by Bhikkhu Pesala » Wed Dec 07, 2016 11:42 am

I hope that version 2.92 has finally fixed most of the bugs.
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Re: Pali Typeface

Post by Bhikkhu Pesala » Mon Feb 06, 2017 9:36 am

Version 3.00 improved some ogonek contours, added four glyphs with ogonek for Nordic, and added some more kerning pairs. Version 2.92 did not fix all of the bugs :( I had to fix some more for version 3.00.
  1. Microsign µ was included in the Greek alpha kerning class instead of Greek mu
  2. Discretionary ligature st in italics had the wrong right side-bearing
  3. Standard ligatures tt, tty, fty, ttr, ty did not match in all type styles
  4. Standard ligatures were missing ky ligature
  5. I added kerning pairs for Italic Vb, Wb, Yb, etc., which clash badly without positive kerning. Though they are pairs that are unlikely to be used in practice.
  6. Lowercase y. clashes with comma, so I separate that from the y_lc kerning class
  7. I added back Unicode spaces and some composite glyphs to the Web and WOFF versions, since they add very little to the file size.
  8. I ran Autokern and rechecked the kerning on all pairs.
How long does it take to make a font?

Pali was apparently created on 4th December 2006
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Re: Pali Typeface

Post by Bhikkhu Pesala » Fri May 26, 2017 4:22 pm

  1. Pali version 3.12 replaced the Initial Forms feature with Stylistic Alternates and the former Stylistic Alternates are now Character Variants of !*+@~©†‡•○●
  2. Contextual ligatures for Velthuis encoding were replaced with a Stylistic Set (which is not enabled by default).
  3. Two glyphs were added for Irony Punctuation, and several subscript glyphs were added for use with fractions.
  4. Diagraph iacute jacute (for Dutch) is a discretionary ligature instead of a standard ligature.
  5. Narrow glyphs use low profile diacritics.
  6. Web versions now include Character Variants
  7. Suspicious points and other validation errors were fixed
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Re: Pali Typeface

Post by Bhikkhu Pesala » Sun Jun 04, 2017 9:51 pm

Version 3.20 replaced the Romanian localised forms (which are not supported in PagePlus) with a Stylistic Set. Irony punctuation reversed question mark is a Standard Ligature substitution for ??, while Interrobang replaces ?! and inverse interrobang replaces ¿¡. Super/subscript glyphs (×÷) and thin space were added for use with fractions. Kerning pairs were added for subscripts and fractions that use them. Character Variants were improved and are now included in the Web and WOFF versions.
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Re: Pali Typeface

Post by Bhikkhu Pesala » Fri Oct 27, 2017 6:37 pm

Version 3.30 added glyphs for Bitcoin, Stupa and Pagoda Map Symbols.
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Re: Pali Typeface

Post by Bhikkhu Pesala » Mon Jul 16, 2018 9:31 pm

Version 3.31 fixed a few kerning pairs and added WOFF2 versions as well as WOFF1.
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The WOFF fonts are unhinted to minimize on file size. The OTF Web versions are hinted, but have fewer glyphs than the full OTF versions.

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Re: Pali Typeface

Post by Bhikkhu Pesala » Mon Aug 27, 2018 9:24 pm

Version 3.32 fixed a few bugs with advance width for Greater Than, and Greater Than or Equal To glyphs.
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Re: Pali Typeface

Post by Bhikkhu Pesala » Tue Jun 04, 2019 4:31 pm

  1. Version 3.40 fixed some bugs, and added many kerning pairs including some for lowercase/Uppercase.
  2. Code-points of glyphs for OpenType features in the Private Use Area were removed.
  3. Titling Capitals were removed and replaced with a Capital Spacing (cpsp) feature.
  4. I have added a position​indicator glyph to Miscellaneous Technical, fourteen Miscellaneous Symbols and Arrows, eighteen Miscellaneous Symbols and Pictographs including coloured glyphs for Direct Hit (a dartboard) and three globes, and twenty-five public information signs in Transport and Map Symbols.
  5. Where appropriate, composites were composed with anchors, and narrow diacritics were used for narrow base glyphs.
  6. The WOFF versions are compressed and have no hinting to minimize file size. If you want to add hinting to the WOFF versions, this can easily be done using the free ttfautohint utility, which is what FontCreator uses to hint fonts.
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Re: Pali Typeface

Post by Bhikkhu Pesala » Wed Jun 05, 2019 10:23 am

Version 3.41 fixed some bugs in Pali Bold composites.

Version 3.42 improved the order of lookups for the fractions feature.
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Re: Pali Typeface

Post by Bhikkhu Pesala » Wed May 20, 2020 5:47 pm

Version 3.43 used FontCreator 13 to fix some more bugs, caused by my usual haste to publish the last version. Auto-attach was new to me then, and takes some getting used to.

If your font contains coloured glyphs, make sure you select a colour format in export settings.

For this version I dropped the smaller *.otf web versions. I reckon anyone using web fonts will use the WOFF versions. That makes the archive smaller. Use ttfautohint to add hinting if you need it for web fonts.
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Re: Pali Typeface

Post by husham » Thu May 21, 2020 7:17 am

Great job Bhikkhu, beautiful font

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Re: Pali Typeface

Post by Bhikkhu Pesala » Thu May 28, 2020 6:26 pm

Version 3.44 added a few kerning pairs. I use a test adjustment pair lookup for adding new pairs to save regenerating the whole main lookup table, and thus having to redo manual adjustments on many pairs. The @comma class includes comma, period, and ellipsis ...
lookup PairAdjustmentTest {
pos @comma @J_Caps <-92> <0>;
pos @comma @O_Caps <-107> <0>;
pos @comma @V_Caps <-510> <0>;
pos @comma @W_Caps <-342> <0>;
pos @comma @Y_Caps <-382> <0>;
pos @comma @v_lc <-310> <0>;
pos @comma @w_lc <-271> <0>;
pos @comma @y_lc <-293> <0>;
pos @comma @y_lc_top <-293> <0>;
pos @comma @v_lc_top <-310> <0>;
}
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Re: Pali Typeface

Post by Bhikkhu Pesala » Fri May 29, 2020 6:36 pm

Pali version 3.50 slight increased the size of Petite Capital glyphs for the Regular and Italic styles (from 906 to 926 funits) to match the x-height. More composites now use Auto Attach, which I feel more comfortable using now than when it was first an option.

Be aware that text using Petite Capitals may change text flow due to the 102% increase in advance width.
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Re: Pali Typeface

Post by Bhikkhu Pesala » Sat Jun 06, 2020 10:57 am

Version 3.60 adds some kerning pairs for comma/period/ellipsis with pairs like .v ,w …V and so forth. I added sample text to Font Properties, Enhanced, and a coloured glyph for Transport and Map Symbol, rocket. If any artistic types would like to make a better glyph, I will be happy to use it instead of mine. Ideally, it should also look good in monochrome, where my glyph fails quite badly.
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Re: Pali Typeface

Post by Bhikkhu Pesala » Wed Jun 17, 2020 6:31 am

I found a number of bugs in my fonts with the help of improved diagnostics in the latest FontCreator Updates (Better Parsing for Class Based Kerning). However, the main bug seems to have been in PagePlus, which apparently does not support kerning of unmapped glyphs. So I added mapping for Small Capitals, Petite Capitals, Superscripts, and Subscripts.

Version 3.65 fixed kerning bugs, added kerning pairs for lowercase and super/subscripts. Be aware that this may affect the text flow of some documents. This latest update also improved coloured glyphs for Transport and Map Symbol, rocket, and added sample text to Font Properties, Extended.

Version 3.67 added more kerning pairs and fixed some bugs.
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