[EversonMono] Swap half circles

John H. Jenkins jenkins at apple.com
Mon Dec 8 17:31:36 GMT 2008

 From playing with Courier and Monaco, squeezing two letters into one  
em looks squashed, and spreading actual ligatures over two ems looks  
stretched.  Either result is ugly.  Personally, I'd suggest that a  
monospaced font should include the ligatures and digraphs explicitly  
encoded in Unicode, but not provide support for ligation via OpenType  
or AAT.

(After all, the whole rationale for the Latin ligatures still in use  
is largely a matter of preventing collisions between pieces of  
different letters, and that's rather moot for monospaced fonts.)

On Dec 7, 2008, at 5:47 AM, Michael Everson wrote:

> I agree, though they aren't particularly splendid squeezed into a  
> monowidth em of 575. Of course one response to that is to use an em  
> of 1050; I have done that with Linear B for instance.

John H. Jenkins
jenkins at apple.com

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