Re: ligatures in German

From: Tiro Typeworks (
Date: Sat Jan 15 2000 - 10:21:18 EST

On Fri, 14 Jan 2000, Arno Schmitt wrote:

> > There are apparently no ligature triples in Fraktur.
> Here Michael contradicts himself: he includes the sch-ligature.
> But, since this really is s + ch-ligature, it is right to say:
> There are no triple in German -- Fraktur and Roman.
> This is a big mistake in the current OpenType model. Whereas the
> Turkish f-i case is taken care of, one can not get ff, fi, fl
> without getting ffi and ffl as well. Here Germans would need a
> zwNONligator!

Of course you can limit ligatures for German to pair ligatures in
OpenType. You can make exceptions in layout features for any language.
Whether OT developers know enough about fine German typography to make the
correct decisions is another matter, but there is nothing wrong with the
OT model in this respect.

John Hudson

Tiro Typeworks
Vancouver, BC

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