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EB Garamond - a font with lots of ligatures


William Overington

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EB Garamond - a font with lots of ligatures

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https://fonts.google.com/specimen/EB+Garamond

I a using the fonts in the folder named 'static'.

In Affinity Publisher one needs to use

Text

Ligatures

Use All

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I found that this font has the ligatures by a rather serendipitous route.

In https://www.unicode.org/L2/L-curdoc.htm there appeared the following document.

https://www.unicode.org/L2/L2021/21101-manyoushuu.pdf

I downloaded a copy and opened it in Adobe Reader.

Upon reading the descriptive text, which is in English, I quickly noticed the use of a ct ligature in the word 'character'.

So I did a copy and paste to WordPad, and found the font to be EB Garamond.

I did not know of the font, so I searched for it and found the link.

I looked at the font using the High-Logic FontCreator program and here is a copy of the OpenType code for discretionary ligatures.

lookup Ligature5 {
  # Referenced by feature "DiscretionaryLigatures1"
  sub Q y -> Q_y;
  sub T h -> T_h;
  sub c h -> c_h;
  sub c k -> c_k;
  sub c t -> c_t;
  sub f f b -> f_f_b;
  sub f f h -> f_f_h;
  sub f f i -> _1034;
  sub f f j -> f_f_j;
  sub f f k -> f_f_k;
  sub f f l -> _1035;
  sub f f t -> f_f_t;
  sub f b -> f_b;
  sub f f -> _1031;
  sub f h -> f_h;
  sub f j -> f_j;
  sub f k -> f_k;
  sub f t -> f_t;
  sub q uniA76B -> q_uniA76B;
  sub s t -> s_t;
  sub longs longs b -> longs_longs_b;
  sub longs longs h -> longs_longs_h;
  sub longs longs i -> longs_longs_i;
  sub longs longs j -> longs_longs_j;
  sub longs longs k -> longs_longs_k;
  sub longs longs l -> longs_longs_l;
  sub longs longs t -> longs_longs_t;
  sub longs b -> longs_b;
  sub longs h -> longs_h;
  sub longs i -> longs_i;
  sub longs j -> longs_j;
  sub longs k -> longs_k;
  sub longs l -> longs_l;
  sub longs longs -> longs_longs;
  sub longs s -> longs_s;
  sub longs t -> longs_t;
  sub t t -> t_t;
}

Also, the font has the characters needed for Esperanto.

William

 

Until December 2022, using a Lenovo laptop running Windows 10 in England. From January 2023, using an HP laptop running Windows 11 in England.

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Affinity Publisher will also, when ligatures are set as Use All, use the historical long s ligatures.

However, as far as I can tell, Affinity Publisher does not allow a long s to be entered from the Glyph Browser.

So, here is one, if you would like to copy it and paste it into an Affinity Publisher text frame.

ſ

The list of what is available is in the code section in the previous post in this thread.

William

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28 minutes ago, William Overington said:

However, as far as I can tell, Affinity Publisher does not allow a long s to be entered from the Glyph Browser.

If a font includes glyphs that don’t seem to be available via the Glyph Browser then that must either be user error or a bug in the app.

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1 hour ago, William Overington said:

So I did a copy and paste to WordPad, and found the font to be EB Garamond.

Pressing Ctrl+D in Adobe Reader on Windows should display the Document Properties pane, listing (inter alia) the names of the fonts used in the document.

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6 minutes ago, Alfred said:

If a font includes glyphs that don’t seem to be available via the Glyph Browser then that must either be user error or a bug in the app.

The long s is the final character in Latin Extended-A.

https://www.unicode.org/charts/PDF/U0100.pdf

That code chart is linked from the following page.

https://www.unicode.org/charts/

I got the character the long s character that I pasted by copying from the FontCreator preview panel while the EB Garamond font file was open in FontCreator.

William

Until December 2022, using a Lenovo laptop running Windows 10 in England. From January 2023, using an HP laptop running Windows 11 in England.

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4 minutes ago, Alfred said:

Pressing Ctrl+D in Adobe Reader on Windows should display the Document Properties pane, listing (inter alia) the names of the fonts used in the document.

I had first used

File

Properties

Fonts

in Adobe Reader.

I noted that there were lots of fonts used in the document, so I tried the WordPad method.

William

 

Until December 2022, using a Lenovo laptop running Windows 10 in England. From January 2023, using an HP laptop running Windows 11 in England.

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2 minutes ago, William Overington said:

I got the character the long s character that I pasted by copying from the FontCreator preview panel while the EB Garamond font file was open in FontCreator.

Thank you, William. I understood that, but since you mentioned that APub doesn’t (as far as you could tell) allow a ‘longs’ to be entered via the Glyph Browser, I thought it worth suggesting that there’s a bug if that is indeed the case.

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21 minutes ago, Alfred said:

Thank you, William. I understood that, but since you mentioned that APub doesn’t (as far as you could tell) allow a ‘longs’ to be entered via the Glyph Browser, I thought it worth suggesting that there’s a bug if that is indeed the case.

Well, if you, and maybe some other readers too, would like to try getting a long s from the Glyph Browser while using the Garamond GB font please then whether it is user error or a bug might become clearer.

By the way, the font has a two leaf ornaments, one at U+E001 and one at U+E002

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They are both in the Private Use Area, which, as some readers may know, can be used by anyone for their own glyphs, though not uniquely, but the facility can be very useful in some circumstances.

They can be found in the Glyph Browser, most easily by selecting a display of only those glyphs that are in the Private Use Area,

William

 

Until December 2022, using a Lenovo laptop running Windows 10 in England. From January 2023, using an HP laptop running Windows 11 in England.

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1 hour ago, William Overington said:

Well, if you, and maybe some other readers too, would like to try getting a long s from the Glyph Browser while using the Garamond GB font please then whether it is user error or a bug might become clearer.

Here you go:

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39 minutes ago, William Overington said:

Yet ...

Well, that is interesting. And worth reporting.

But not here in the Resources topic :)

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The italic font has more ligatures than does the regular font.

Here are some of them in an illustration, together with those that are in the regular typeface as before, but please note how the ligature 'st' is overridden by the ligature 'is'.

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The list is in the OpenType code for Discretionary Ligatures that is in the font..


lookup Ligature8 {
  # Referenced by feature "DiscretionaryLigatures1"
  sub Q y -> Q_y;
  sub T h -> T_h;
  sub a s -> a_s;
  sub c h -> c_h;
  sub c k -> c_k;
  sub c t -> c_t;
  sub e s -> e_s;
  sub eacute s -> eacute_s;
  sub f f b -> f_f_b;
  sub f f h -> f_f_h;
  sub f f j -> f_f_j;
  sub f f k -> f_f_k;
  sub f f t -> f_f_t;
  sub f b -> f_b;
  sub f h -> f_h;
  sub f j -> f_j;
  sub f k -> f_k;
  sub f t -> f_t;
  sub g g -> g_g;
  sub g j -> g_j;
  sub g y -> g_y;
  sub i s -> i_s;
  sub s k -> s_k;
  sub s p -> s_p;
  sub s s -> s_s;
  sub s t -> s_t;
  sub longs longs b -> longs_longs_b;
  sub longs longs h -> longs_longs_h;
  sub longs longs i -> longs_longs_i;
  sub longs longs j -> longs_longs_j;
  sub longs longs k -> longs_longs_k;
  sub longs longs l -> longs_longs_l;
  sub longs longs t -> longs_longs_t;
  sub longs b -> longs_b;
  sub longs h -> longs_h;
  sub longs i -> longs_i;
  sub longs j -> longs_j;
  sub longs k -> longs_k;
  sub longs l -> longs_l;
  sub longs longs -> longs_longs;
  sub longs s -> longs_s;
  sub longs t -> longs_t;
  sub t t -> t_t;
  sub u s -> u_s;
}

William

 

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I have been trying producing some artwork using the fonts.

Page 7 of

https://forum.affinity.serif.com/index.php?/topic/138654-artwork-for-greetings-cards/

Near the end of the page.

William

 

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