Re: Cyrillic guillemotleft and guillemotright

From: Adam Twardoch (
Date: Fri May 13 2005 - 13:53:48 CDT

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    From: "Andrey V. Panov" <>
    > In Russian (and other Cyrillic alphabets in former Soviet Union)
    > typographic tradition the double-angle quotation marks (guillemotleft and
    > guillemotright) usually have shape different from French ones: inner
    > angles have less size. Look at attachments. Now for Russian texts are
    > used special fonts (typically in CP1251 encoding) with similar glyphs
    > instead of ordinary guillemotleft and guillemotright. There is no way to
    > place
    > the both variants in an unicode font.

    Such things are addressed on the font level, using OpenType Layout features.
    You can include variant glyphs if the guillemots, and create a "locl"
    OpenType feature for the Russian language (as well as a "salt" and "ss01"
    feature). This is the analogical way that one would map the Serbian Cyrillic
    variants for g, b, d, n and t for italic typefaces.

      Adam Twardoch
      Fontlab Ltd.

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