ascenders cut off in MS Word

chank's picture

I make lots of fonts, but here's a problem I've had a few times and I can't figure out how to fix it.

The problem is with Microsoft Word users on a Mac. I make a handwriting font
for 'em and they say it loads fine, and prints fine, but the tops of the tallest letters
and some of the bottoms of letters (descenders) are being cut off on-screen in Word.

"When I type onscreen, the tops and bottoms of some of my loopy letters are cut off. It does not print or email that way though."

"When I use the font in Microsoft word it cuts off the top of the font visually on the screen. The 9 looks like a 4 and the R has no top horizontal line. Similar things happen for other letters and numbers. Funny thing is that it prints correctly. It just doesn't look correct on the screen!?! (10.5.2 for OS X, WORD 2004 11.3.8)"

So my question is...

What's the best way to correctly set the ascender and descender values in my Fontlab files for fonts that I've already created?

How many different ascender/descender values do I have to set to get it to display correctly in Word?

-chank

Si_Daniels's picture

Judy on my team suggests this thread might help... http://typophile.com/node/17084

paul d hunt's picture

also, you might look over vertical metrics how-to

Miguel Sousa's picture

I was going to say OS/2.WinAscent and OS/2.WinDescent are the fields you'd need to tweak, but then realized you said the clipping is with Word for Mac. In that case I'm guessing what you need to tweak are hhea.* values.

A couple other threads on the topic,
http://typophile.com/node/34287
http://typophile.com/node/30788

chank's picture

a-ha!

YES!

vertical-metrics how-to in the typophile wiki fixed it.

Thanks for helpin' me, everybody!

-chank

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