Adding Diacritics in FontLab VI

In my last blog post I wrote about doing test prints with specimen sheets and looking at typographic color. It dealt primarily with the basic Latin alphabet and figures. Now I'm ready to push into accented characters, expanding the Latin glyph set to include greater language support. In this post I document what I did to add diacritics to my Protest font in FontLab VI, [...]

2018-10-08T10:55:17+00:00October 10th, 2018|Categories: How, Type|Tags: , , , |

Diacritics: Part 3

The previous post in this series deals with round and symmetrical forms including the dot, umlaut, ring, breve, and macron ( ˙ ¨ ˚ ˘ ¯ ). Here in Part 3 I'll cover marks that appear below the letter, including the comma, cedilla, and ogonek (  ̦ ¸ ˛ ). I'll also throw in the slash and tilde (  ̷ ˜ ), because they're the only [...]

2018-06-12T10:20:55+00:00June 12th, 2018|Categories: How, Type|Tags: , , , |

Diacritics: Part 2

Part 1 of this Diacritics series covers the acute, double acute, grave, circumflex, and caron ( ´ ˝ ` ˆ ˇ ). These marks are the ones that are built with diagonal strokes and asymmetric forms. This post, Part 2, deals with round and symmetrical forms including the dot, umlaut, ring, breve, and macron ( ˙ ¨ ˚ ˘ ¯ ). Perky Little Dot I [...]

2018-06-07T12:55:00+00:00June 6th, 2018|Categories: How, Type|Tags: , , , |

Diacritics: Part 1

The previous series of posts focused on mathematic symbols, with the last post covering four Greek derived math symbols: Δ ∑ ∏ π (delta, sum, product, and pi). This three part series discusses most (but not all) Latin–based diacritics. This post covers the acute, double acute, grave, circumflex, and caron ( ´ ˝ ` ˆ ˇ ). These marks are the ones that are built [...]

2018-06-07T12:54:08+00:00May 22nd, 2018|Categories: How, Type|Tags: , , , |

Why should I bother with diacritics?

I'm about to dive into diacritic design for the Protest font I'm working on. Now, I'm actually stalling for time with this post. I found I have a lot more work to do than I thought to be able to add diacritics to this typeface. What do I need to do to add diacritics to my typeface? Research I speak English. More embarassingly, I'm monolingual. [...]

2017-10-31T13:47:34+00:00October 31st, 2017|Categories: How, Type, Why|Tags: , , |