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Is there a way to specify that a calt feature be turned on by default in say, illustrator and indesign?
From the font? No way.
BTW: I think it is on by the default in InDesign but off in Illustrator.
Ahh, ok, just checking.
What if you put it in the liga-feature? This is on by default, and since it is raw code we are talking about here, I guess it could be possible to specify anything there, not just ligatures.
In general, in InDesign, you can set your defaults by choosing them when nothing is selected -- with a document open you're setting the document defaults, or you can choose OpenType features to be on by default in a no-documents-open state which will copy these defaults to all new documents. However, I would recommend a style-sheet based workflow. There is a related thread about OpenType features going today as well.
'calt' being off by default in Illustrator is a bug. It's on by default in InDesign and Photoshop - as recommended in the OpenType spec.
I wish Adobe would fix that bug. Any idea when this might happen, Thomas?
Let's just say that I leaned on it in the not too distant past. I was chagrinned to discover it hadn't been fixed in CS3.
Thanks for trying, Thomas. Too bad Adobe chose not to listen.