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Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2005 15:25:30 -0400
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On Apr 27, 2005, at 3:50 AM, Achim Blumensath wrote:

> o Support for many-dimensional font shapes. We need:
>   - one axis for roman/italic/swash,

How much ``swashness'' are you allocating?

Zapfino has up to eight variations, and the OpenType spec allows for up
to 20 (ssalt)

I think it'd be better to have one axis for ``shape'' (roman, upright
italic, italic, oblique) and another for swash alternate level (since
one could have swash alternates for roman)

>   - one axis for u&lc/small caps/spaced small caps/versals,

I agree w/ Lars that all caps is a better term in English than versals
(unless you're planning on accommodating alternate cap forms here? As
Will Robertson pointed out, one of the problems w/ this sort of thing
is knowing where to stop.)

>   - one axis for text figures/lining figure, and
>   - one axis for proportional figures/tabular figures.

What about 3/4 size lining figures? Or French old-style (2 has an
ascender) as opposed to English?


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