Bhikkhu Pesala wrote:
Psymon wrote:In the Tools menu, apart from AutoMetrics I see a thing that says "Metric Options," but that's more like a "View" sort of menu, i.e. re what's visible as you work on glyphs.
That's the one. The CapsHeight is calculated from the Capital H. You can guess which glyph is used to calculate the x-height.
Yeah, but like I mentioned, that's just a "view" sort of menu -- I'm not sure why you directed me to that one, as it gives no information, and I can't see any reason to turn anything off in there.
The Metrics calculations are found in Font Properties, Metrics.
Ah, yes, now that you directed me in there, I recall stumbling across that before, and without really knowing "why" I did run the two "calculate" buttons in there (and assumed at the time that my having done so was a good thing).
There's one option in there for choosing between "Minimum" and "Maximum" -- it was set to calculate based on the latter, and so I just left it like that. I have no idea if that's the better option of the two. In my head, it rather makes sense to me to calculate it base on the maximum -- I'm not sure what contexts one would want to calculate it based on minimum. I would think
(if I understand this correctly) that it would be dumb to calculate it based on the minimum, because then you would have parts of certain characters (ascenders or descenders) "disappearing" when they display on one's page -- I've seen that happen with some really crappy freebie fonts before, and I can only assume that that's the issue that occurred there.
PS. On a TOTALLY unrelated note to type design, I got curious about "who you are" -- i.e. what you do, etc. -- and googled you, and discovered that you're a Buddhist monk, and that you design fonts for Buddhist publications. How very cool! I'm not as serious (or "devout," perhaps might be a more accurate term) about my own spiritual beliefs, as my own interest is in mysticism regardless of tradition -- when people ask me what I believe, I tell them "everything" (ha ha), and in a way that's true, I see the "fundamental truth" in the mystical roots of all spiritual traditions, which is also reflected in science (in particular physics, but also in biology and various other sciences as well). However, Buddhism and other eastern traditions, along with Native American traditions, has been a HUGE part of my own personal growth and, indeed, psychological healing (I've struggled for many years with PTSD-related issues). I'm totally digressing off-topic here, of course, but that was a nice, rather pleasant surprise, to discover what you do, what you're into.