Commaaccent

pablohoney77's picture

Is the comma accent exactly the same as the comma? or is it slightly smaller or altered any way?

twardoch's picture

It definitely is NOT the same as comma.

http://groups.msn.com/fontlab/tipsandtricks.msnw?action=get_message&mview=0&ID_Message=3065
http://www.magtypo.cz/download/TYPO_2004_10.pdf
http://www.microsoft.com/typography/developers/fdsspec/diacritics.htm

Also look at well-designed fonts: Helvetica Linotype (the new OpenType TT version), Palatino Linotype, Maiola, Minion Pro.

Regards,
Adam

pablohoney77's picture

hey Adam, glad you chimed in. I just had another question about this subject. I'm looking at Minion Pro's OT definition file and in the locl feature it substitutes Scedilla with Scommaaccent in Moldavian but everything I've read says that this should be for Romanian. Is it the same for both languages? where can i find a list of language abreviations used in opentype scripting? and lastly are there any other localized substitutions i should know of for latin script? thanks again for your time and help. i really appreciate it.

twardoch's picture

Charles,

This has been discussed numerous times: Adobe got it right, the name used in the Unicode standard is confusing. Please read http://groups.msn.com/fontlab/tipsandtricks.msnw?action=get_message&mview=0&ID_Message=3065

Paul,

you should use the localized substitution for both Romanian and Moldavian. For the abbreviations, please look into the References section at http://www.microsoft.com/typography/SpecificationsOverview.mspx

Regards,
Adam

pablohoney77's picture

Thanks, Adam. I got another question coming at you... I'll start a new thread.

pablohoney77's picture

Is there a unicode assignment for the commaaccent?

John Hudson's picture

Yes, but only as a combining mark (i.e. zero-width): U+0326. If you want to display a spacing commaaccent, the correct character sequence is space+commaaccent, although how well this actually renders depends on the font.

Note that when applied to the lowercase g, the commaaccent is rotated 180 degrees and placed above the letter:
Nyala 'commaaccent' diacritics

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