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Re: Font help

--- Munzir Taha <munzirtaha at newhorizons dot com dot sa> wrote:
> On Friday 09 April 2004 05:58 am, Nadim Shaikli wrote:
> > After close to 5 hours of various attempts, I am ready to say 'uncle' and
> > ask for someone's help.  I'm trying (per Anmar's request) to change the
> > latin fonts on our Khotot project to something better looking.  So I
> > started out with ae_Cortoba (out of shear chance) attempting to add to it
> > the bitstream Vera Sans.  I then tried to write something using both
> > fonts and got rather different results (using MS-Word).  The vera-sans is
> > smooth and clean, mine came out a bit jagged and some characters darker
> > than others.
> I found this info on the net:
> Maintaining Consistency with Control Values -
> One key aim of hinting is to maintain the "spirit" of a
> typeface throughout all its letters. This is the purpose
> of TrueType's Control Value Table (CVT).
> It should contain measurements that are used frequently
> within the hints for each glyph. The CVT is always "scaled"
> to the current ppem. Sample CVT entries might be:
> How thick are the vertical stems?
> How thick are the horizontal stems?
> How thick are the serifs?
> By how much do round features overshoot the baseline?
> I am sorry for the lack of expertise here but I think you need to
> copy this CVT also to your font.

I understand the logic behind what it is and why its needed, I simply
don't know how to make it affect things and/or what values to live
with.  The whole point here is that I'm taking 2 very different fonts
and trying to marry them into a single file.  I'm not sure that is
doable from the get go as the various stems and thicknesses, etc are
drastically different to begin with, but something tells me there
must be a way (I can't fathom that people don't do this all the time).

All the ae_* fonts in khotot have a horrid latin sections not due to
any glyph drawing issues, but due to anti-aliasing and hinting (for
what its worth).

I'll keep reading and trying (without the prolonged stares though as
on a number of occasions I started to contemplate deleting the
applications :-)

Thanks & Salam.

 - Nadim

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