Re: Latin J capital letter with caron

From: Adam Twardoch (
Date: Wed Jan 16 2008 - 12:43:53 CST

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    Asmus Freytag wrote:
    > It doesn't work at all with many other fonts.
    Probably still works better than trying to use a precomposed form with a
    font that does not have a glyph for it :)
    > I suspect the main problem is that for J a naively placed caron
    > clashes badly with the letter shape (your example shows what looks
    > like a mangled serif on the J on my system).
    Of course, a properly designed font running in an OpenType Layout
    environment that supports mark attachment (InDesign CS3, Word XP-2007 on
    Windows etc.) would take care of it using dynamic mark positioning.
    > For other tall letter shapes, caron is often rendered as a comma next
    > to the ascender. I have never seen a J with caron, but that kind of
    > adaptation would make sense for J as well - however, it would have to
    > be something expected by the reader or it would be misidentified as a
    > comma above diacritc.
    That is only a Czech and Slovak local tradition, not a linguistically
    universal one. I don't think extending this convention to
    non-Czecho-Slovakian use would make sense, and be understandable to the


    Adam Twardoch
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