Starting a new typeface

MRE's picture


I am new to type design and have created a display typeface in illustrator with all accent sets and a couple of alternates for certain letters. I want to bring everything to Fontlab and make it a usable font.

Which glyphset table should I use?
Opentype Standard
MacOs Roman

What is the difference, how do you define chosing one over another?


Theunis de Jong's picture

It doesn't matter. FontLab re-sorts the glyphs according to what display option you choose, but internally everything will just have the same assignments.
Of course you need to save your glyphs under the correct Unicode values -- after all, that's how FontLab recognizes them and can display them in any order you liike.

What encoding you choose is only relevant if you intend to export your font for a system that limits the type of characters, i.e., if you want to limit yourself to Mac Roman Encoding, you cannot include Chinese as these characters will never get included.

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