Linotype Syntax (Next, SC/Small Caps, etc.)

I have written, illustrated, laid-out, and typeset three books. (I have not typeset books written by anyone else.) In 1996, when I was polishing up my first book for publication, I invested several hundred dollars in a typeface (colloquially, font): Syntax, from Linotype. By 2003, as I was polishing up my second book, I really really wanted one or two additional weights. …

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Sending short text files to colleagues

I routinely write text files having nonbreaking spaces (e.g., 35 mm), curly “quotes,” and sometimes – as surrounding this phrase – en dashes. On my own machine (Mac), it is my custom to save such files in UTF‑8 (no BOM) character code and with “UNIX” [nl, that is, lf] line ends suitable for modern Mac OS. UTF‑8 is set …

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Fonts on Mac (and Win)

I would very much like to hear from a font expert. I would like to understand how naming works. I understand that a font file has a filename, and there are many names stored within the font, and all of these don’t necessarily match. I’d like to understand what name is displayed in what applications (for example, Illustrator) and the …

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