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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Replace FrameMaker with InDesign?

Here’s why I’ll find it difficult (or impossible) to replace FrameMaker (call it “Frame”) with InDesign. Frame implements the concept of an anchored frame (I would prefer to call it a tethered frame). The frame can contain text, imported images, graphic elements – anything, really. InDesign has various kinds of boxes, but InDesign seems to …

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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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Frame Mac nonbreaking space → Win thorn

When opening a FrameMaker 7 (Mac) document in FrameMaker 11 (Win, running under Parallels in Mac OS 10.7.5), nonbreaking spaces (coded in Frame≡MacRoman as 0xa0) turn into thorns (Þ, Unicode U+00DE). I’d greatly appreciate it if someone could tell me why! (A former boss of mine once told me, “You’re a thorn in my saddle.” No kidding. He knew nothing of Icelandic …

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FrameMaker → InDesign

I guess I was the last person in the world to use Adobe FrameMaker 7.0p577 (see also, Wikipedia) running on Mac (Classic, 10.4.11) “in production.” Adobe abandoned the product on the Mac platform in 2004. I couldn’t keep using it forever. Intel hardware and a modern OS were inevitable. I did a reality check on …

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