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Old 01-04-2007, 12:09 PM   #1
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News from P22 type foundry:

As of January 2007, the P22 type foundry library has been remastered in basic OpenType format (TrueType and Type 1 also remain available). The OT fonts include a euro symbol, improved outlines, updated kerning, standardized Unicode for proper international language support, reworked hinting for improved on-screen readability, and standardized menu names.

Registered users of P22 fonts may upgrade to the new re-mastered font sets (and single fonts) for $10 each.

The IHOF, Lanston, Rimmer & Sherwood collections are not yet available in OT format, but they will be converted to basic OpenType format throughout 2007.

P22 ephemera packs — catalogs, postcards, expired P22 dollars, stickers, packaging and other typographic ephemera printed letterpress, offset, silkscreen, laser, and even by rubber stamp — are available until sold out. They come in three sizes: $10, $20, and 30 each.

Finally, you can join the P22 Club until January 31, and get 20% off all purchases during 2007. Besides that, you get four single fonts free, an exclusive for-members-only font, and more for your $100/year.

   
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I love the P22 Club. The 20% member discount even applies to stuff that's on sale.

And they have such cool fonts. Just got this one:

http://www.p22.com/rtf/Products/Cadmus.html

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News from P22 type foundry:

As of January 2007, the P22 type foundry library has been remastered in basic OpenType format (TrueType and Type 1 also remain available). The OT fonts include a euro symbol, improved outlines, updated kerning, standardized Unicode for proper international language support, reworked hinting for improved on-screen readability, and standardized menu names.
With my adventures with Chinese fonts, I've been on a crash course in Font technology lately. But... I understand everything mention only up to "standardized menu names". Fonts have menus? How, where, and for what purpose? Can you explain, please?

   
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I understand everything mention only up to "standardized menu names". Fonts have menus?
No, the fonts don't, but applications that make use of them do, and the names that appear in those menus should be pretty standard, such as describing fonts as 'italic' although they may just be slanted. Some descriptions, such as 'book' might be puzzling (it often puzzles me), especially if one's monitor doesn't display all that well.

I don't know who 'standardizes' font names though; is it just the big font vendors, such as Adobe, Monotype, et al.? Or is there an ISO standard?

   
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With my adventures with Chinese fonts, I've been on a crash course in Font technology lately. But... I understand everything mention only up to "standardized menu names". Fonts have menus? How, where, and for what purpose? Can you explain, please?
I think they mean that fonts have the same name in Windows and Mac application menus, and that they follow some sort of standard (possibly their own; more likely, the one Adobe uses). It would cover the order in which the family name, style, and foundry appear, for example.

But I don’t actually know precisely.

   
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Kathleen, and Michael,

OK, this sounds to me like it may be a combination of information encoded in the font (such as font name, PS font name, weight, style...) and how the application software is selecting (which font name? there can be dozens in one file, etc.) and presenting that information. There are rules for PS font name (no spaces, I think, maybe more) but for the rest I think it's mostly just guidelines.

At least I understand "menu" now, thanks.

   
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