Hey, MikeW, I told you I remembered you from here before!
I was just recalling the earlier discussion we'd had here about the font you'd made where you automatically swap out the longs in place of the "s" -- and not everywhere, of course, but just where it should be used.
I was just re-reading that discussion we had here, but I just get so lost in all this "stylistic set" stuff and everything, I haven't got a clue how I would go about implementing something like that in my fonts.
That would be very cool, though, if it was a feature that people could turn on/off, and effectively instantly get their text to conform to early typography practices! And not just with the longs, but also swapping out the "u" and "v" in similarly appropriate places.
I gather you actually accomplished that (re the longs, anyway)? Is it indeed a feature that one can turn on/off? And is it difficult to do? Or perhaps I should say... is it difficult to explain?
And I presume that if it can be done with the longs, then it could similarly be done with the "u" and "v," i.e. so that for any word, every "v" is changed to "u," unless it's at the beginning of the word (then it's always a "v," even when the word starts with a "u"), and all uppercase "U" and "V" also become a "V" (regardless of where they are in the word)?
And what about ligatures? Like, I've got piles and piles of longs-related ligatures -- if my font can swap out a longs in place of an "s," then will it then also automatically use the appropriate longs ligatures, too?
If I'm getting way out of my depth here, if this is just too far advanced for little ol' me, just say so -- what a cool feature that would be, though, if indeed one could turn that on/off (or, alternatively, to provide two different versions of my fonts or something).