Re: Hacek vs. caron

From: John Hudson (
Date: Sat Oct 16 1999 - 19:12:51 EDT

At 01:50 AM 16-10-99 -0700, Martin Kotulla wrote:

> I always thought "hacek" and "caron" to be interchangeable terms.
>Actually, I previously only knew the term "hacek", and only when
>becoming acquainted with typeface design, heard of "caron". Looking at
>the Unicode3 character list, they only use "caron" but equate it with

>If I look at the Unicode encoding vector from Fontographer however, I
>find the following PostScript character names:

>Ccaron, Dcaron, Ecaron, Lcaron, Ncaron, Rcaron, Scaron, Tcaron, Zcaron,

>But also:

>DZhacek, Ahacek, Ihacek, Ohacek, Uhacek, Udieresishacek, Ghacek, Khacek,
>Yoghhacek, jhacek.

I cannot stress enough that you should not rely on the Fontographer PSnames
for _anything_. It is true that some of these names have been used by some
font developers, which is why the FOG engineers decided to include them,
but there is only one set of PSnames which should be considered canonical
and that is the Adobe Glyph List at

All other PSnames should be derived from the Adobe naming conventions
explained at

There is no design implication in the use of variant names for the
caron/hacek -- including 'upsidedown hat' --, but there should only be one

John Hudson

Tiro Typeworks
Vancouver, BC

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