William Overington Posted December 26, 2018 Share Posted December 26, 2018 I have found a fantastic feature in Affinity Publisher. This feature is really top class quality. I have been experimenting. Here is the latest result. Suppose that one produces a PDF document (for publication on the web) where the text of the document is displayed using a font that has OpenType ligature capability. Suppose that one now copies the text from the PDF document and pastes it into WordPad. The underlying text is displayed. Not in the same font, but that is not the issue. The issue is that the underlying text is displayed, not blanks where some or all of the ligatures appear. The ligature must not be mapped as well though. This is a great facility. It means that one can publish a PDF document of a poem and have ligatures in the display, yet the poem can be copied from the PDF document and the underlying text pasted into another document, such as in, say, WordPad. Gold star for that. Something that I have not yet tested is what happens if one has an alternate glyph for a single letter and one produces a PDF document. For example, a swash e at the end of a line of the text of a poem. I made two fonts for the tests. The first one tried three possibilities, namely st ligature as regular Unicode, ct ligature as unmapped and et ligature mapped into the Private Use Area. When I observed the result, I made the second font with the ct ligature and the et ligature unmapped. Actually, I have not turned OpenType on in Affinity Publisher. I just started typing using the font and the ligature glyphs appeared automatically. I had intended entering the text and then trying to find the OpenType facility. Does anyone have any information please about use of alternate glyphs in Affinity Publisher please? I need to relearn how to make a font with an alternate swash e glyph where the glyph is unmapped and in an OpenType font. I have such a glyph available but it is not in an OpenType font as an OpenType alternate glyph. Please find two fonts and two PDF documents attached. William Overington Wednesday 26 December 2018 ligatest.otf ligatst2.otf ligature_test_affinity.pdf ligature_test_2_affinity.pdf Quote Until December 2022, using a Lenovo laptop running Windows 10 in England. From January 2023, using an HP laptop running Windows 11 in England. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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