Displaying bugs in various programs

Bernard B's picture

Hello there, and thank you for giving your time, here is my case :

I'm working on a 'liney' font (I mean that all the characters are connected each others by lines, horizontally & vertically) and managed to make it work in Fontlab.

No problems here, and I'm quite proud of my work!

When I generate the font, everythings seems to be okay, and it's working nicely in TextEdit. Kerning, line-spacing, hinting are what I expect.

Problems are coming when I use this font in other softwares :

- Adobe programs (I've tried on Illustrator, Photoshop & InDesign). Kerning is working but the line-spacing is higher than what I want, so vertical lines are "disconnected".

When I saw this, I tried with a non Adobe soft, so I've launched iWeb and had a new surprise :

Kerning and Line-spacing are higher than what it would be, even if all lines are connected.

I tried googling on this, but didn't find anything to help.

If someone here needs extra info about my FontLab preferences or anything else, please do.

Thanks by advance for your help,


Igor Freiberger's picture

In FontLab, verify if the vertical lines fulfill the height for the glyph. In other words, if you are working with a 1000 upm, your glyph must have this height.

In InDesign, verify if the leading equals to the type size. ID default is to apply automatic leading with 120% of the type size.

Bernard B's picture

You got it!

I was working in 1000 upm as it's mainly recommended but — Yes — my glyphs wasn't set at the top of the box.

Thank you very much, I'm on a good way now & I'll keep my hairs on my head!

PS : Sorry for my english

Igor Freiberger's picture

Bernard, you're Frenchman and I'm Brazilian. So I guess our English sins would be forgiven! :-) Très bon savoir je vous a aidé.

Fontgrube's picture

Now beware of your French sins :-)
Un ami allemand

Igor Freiberger's picture

:-) Danke!
As I use to say, I'm iliterate in various idioms...

Fontgrube's picture

My Portuguese goes all into one sentence: Um cafe com leite por favor - obrigado. :-)

Igor Freiberger's picture

Well, this ensures you will never die by hungry here! :-)

Bernard B's picture

Yo, it's me again with my Adobe problems :

I've got a minor bug when I export my font, on Illustrator when I write an apostrophe i've got a 'quoteright', but on TextEdit it's working well. Anybody has an idea about it ?


Thanks by advance,


blank's picture

“Use smart quotes” got enabled in Illustrator. I have this problem with Illustrator and Indesign—I’m not sure if it’s a bug or if there’s just a hotkey for it that I’m hitting by accident.

Igor Freiberger's picture

Use smart/typographic quotes is an option enabled by default in IL and ID. Just disable it.

ID: Edit > Preferences (or Ctrl/Cmd+K). It's inside the Type group.
IL: Type > Smart Punctuarion.

Note that both apps may apply quotes according to the language defined for the text. This may be edited in ID through the Dictionary group in Preferences. Quotes vary a lot according to language and country.

Bernard B's picture

Thank you both!

& It's also the same for Photoshop, great!

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