Ligatures in email address

Iain Brady's picture

Here's a question ... Is it better to remove ligatures in email and web addresses when designing for print.

Or is just me being OCD?

Synthview's picture

Maybe I'm wrong, but as you copy a text, you should get it as it is was encoded.
In PDFs, copying a text where ligatures are applied as Ot features makes you obtain plain text (no ligatures).
Of course if you hard-code a non-standard glyph into your text, you could have issues when copying it.

Nick Shinn's picture

I would say no ligs.
The reader isn’t just going to read the URL as a word, but may also decide to key it, character by character, into a browser field.
For that eventuality, don’t complicate with a ligature, use discrete characters.

John Hudson's picture

As a general rule I agree with Joe that ligatures should be avoided in email addresses and URLs. I think an exception is possible in the case of domains consisting of single, common words, presuming the text is appropriately spaced (always important when ligatures are involved). So, for example I think you can get away with fiction.org, but not morefiction.org, and definitely not moreoffiction.org.

Iain Brady's picture

Thanks guys. I think I'm going to go with taking them out of every address. I understand what you're saying John about maybe getting away with common words in short emails, but then I think we'll get into the realms of um-ing and ah-ing over what is possible.

What has really swayed me in the direction of being militant about no ligs is the fiftymilesofideas.ca web address Joe shared. I think even the jedis felt THAT disturbance!

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