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— Dru, Calvin and Hobbes comic letters
Some online resources
Posted on 2017-Mar-08 at 20:16:16 by Phil
Last update on 2017-Mar-09 at 10:07:33 by Phil
Here are some bookmarks that I’ve collected over time, that might prove
useful, or at least, an interesting read…
- Kerning — Space
adjustments between letters (usually closing up a bit) to eliminate wasted
space or prevent overlap.
— An introduction to tying multiple letters into one glyph. Note that you
do not want to blindly replace letter pairs or triplets by ligatures,
but only where appropriate (e.g., shelfful is shelf+ful modifying suffix, so
you don’t use the “ff” ligature here).
- Letter Spacing
— Compressing or expanding words by adjusting overall letter spacing (not
to be confused with Kerning, which is specific letter pairs).
- Word Spacing
— Adjusting the amount of space between words for improved readability.
Note that Word Spacing interacts with Leading — be careful not to
trick the eye into jumping up or down to the next sentence (by having too much
space between words and too little between sentence baselines).
- Leading — Setting
the amount of space between sentence baselines to maximize readability while
minimizing paper usage.
Spacing — How much space to put between the end of one sentence and
the start of the next? Most authorities consider typewriter-style double spaces
to be too wide.
Lists and Related
- The Beauty of LaTeX
— An introduction to the capabilities of the LaTeX processor.
- Font Forge —
Building your own fonts.
- wkHTMLtoPDF — One of a number
of converters to turn HTML into PDF (or into an image). Note that it has a
number of limitations and issues.
Fonts and the Like
- NoTo Font Project — One Font Project
To Rule Them All… or at least to avoid any undefined characters.
- Tiny Hands Font — Guess
whose tiny hands are being satirized?
- PDF’s 200 inch limit — PDF by default is limited to 200 inch height
and width, but one can get around it.
- Open Type and PDF —
Addressing PDF problems with non-Western fonts (especially Indic fonts) where
characters get tightly tied into syllables within words, modifying their
- “lang” in HTML and Application to PDF — Some HTML-to-PDF
converters don’t use the “lang” attribute.
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