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Old 09-17-2006, 06:26 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by ktinkel View Post
Ho! It is not a deficiency of the Mac. Windows had no f-ligatures; the Mac did. Typographically speaking, ligs are more useful than a couple of fractions.

(Of course, if you use any f-ligs, you really need all 5 — ff, ffi, ffl, fi, fl — rather than merely the fi and fl — but realize that the Mac was the first desktop computer to attempt any typographic niceties, and that was all there was room for.)

Then, when the PC finally got typographically informed, they decided to have three fractions rather than 2 ligs (and something else I cannot remember). But it is as inane to have 1/4, 1/2, and 3/4 (but not 1/3, 1/8, et al) as to have only a couple of ligs.

So please do not suggest there is a Mac deficiency without recognizing the PC deficiency.

Or, better yet, stop thinking in terms of deficiencies at all.
Ah I didn't see this post before. I see where you're coming from. I don't call myself a real desktop publisher or graphic designer since I do not create any documents. My main job is handling other peoples' documents, extracting and replacing the text in a different language and then giving the file back with the text fitted. I don't have much if any time for tweaking type, most documents arrive on my desk and leave within a day or two. My main challenge is compatibility, as you may have noticed in most of my threads. As we go into the future and everybody catches up with unicode and opentype my job will hopefully become cake. Until then I suppose I'll be griping about every little incompatibility and snag along the way.
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