How do I use Open Type Font ADVANCED Features in Microsoft Word

ianc's picture

I am using FontLab 4.6 to create a font which has several ligatures. I am a newbie to Open Type so before I go any further, I want to test this feature in Microsoft Word but am having little success. I have written, compiled and installed a test font which should replace 'ff' with 'g'.

feature liga { # Standard Ligatures
# Latin
sub f f by g;
} liga;

This compiles and works in the FontLab Preview window but not in Word 2002 or 2003.
I have exported as an OT font and loaded into Windows.
The font operates apart from the automatic Ligature.
Any suggestions gratefully received.

twardoch's picture


OpenType features work in applications that support them. Microsoft applications currently officially only support OpenType features for "complex writing systems" (Arabic, Devanagari etc.). In Windows XP **Service Pack 2**, there is undocumented and unofficial support for ligatures in Notepad and some other applications that use the Microsoft Uniscribe library.

Microsoft plans to add system-wide support for OpenType features in the new-generation Windows codenamed Longhorn that will perhaps be released in 2006. Other vendors (e.g. Apple or Quark) may also be adding OpenType features support.

But currently, the only major applications that make use of the OpenType features for Latin glyphs are those from the Adobe Creative Suite series (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop).


ianc's picture


Thanks for the super quick response and the information.
I have been chasing this around for days. I have learned a few other things along the way so it hasn't been a total waste of time.

Many thanks again.

Happy New Year


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