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From the information in a previous thread (belated thanks to John Hudson!) I solved the problem of Mac and Windows having different line spacing with my font. While fixing the cross-platform issue I took a close look at all the vertical metrics and have the following question.
I have a few characters (capitals with two accents and h-circumflex) that are higher than the WinAscent value. They are clipped off on screen in most Windows apps, as would be expected, but they print OK on the two printers I have. Is it safe to assume that all printers will handle them OK? I think users will be happy if they print correctly (and since they are rare it's not likely that they will appear right under a descender, which would look bad).
Alternatives are to make special low versions of uppercase vowels for use under double accents or to change the WinAscent value. I tried the former solution and don't like how it looks. The latter is not a good idea since users who upgrade to a new version of the font may find their page breaks changing in existing documents. Is there any real danger is just leaving things as they are?
Thanks - David