OpenType alternates - printing issues

matt_desmond's picture

I've got an opentype font that I have been trying to get to print, but it will not cooperate and print the correct glyphs.

I have the font set up to have alternates for each letter and they are named a.Alt, b.Alt, etc. I'm using these alts as Stylistic Alternates. They show up correctly in illustrator and indesign but when I print the font out, it prints the original glyph (with the alternate's letterspacing) and not the alternate. My printer is a Brother HL-5140 laser.

Any ideas?

Si_Daniels's picture

What happens when you 'print' to a PDF? Does the font print fine on other printers?

Cheers, Si

matt_desmond's picture

It works when printing to PDF. Could the problem be that the brother is not a postscript printer? I would hope not, because then my font will not work on half of my potential customers printers...

twardoch's picture

My guess is that the font is OK but the printer driver for your Brother brother is not very well programmed (by the Brother brother brothers.)

I wonder -- do you have PUA Unicode indexes assigned to your altnerate glyphs? If not, does the problem persists if you assign PUA indexes to the alternate glyphs?

Adam

Thomas Phinney's picture

It's a PostScript "clone." Still, one would expect it to work. Like Si, I'd be curious to hear whether or not it works when printing directly (not PDF) to another device.

T

matt_desmond's picture

I wonder -- do you have PUA Unicode indexes assigned to your altnerate glyphs? If not, does the problem persists if you assign PUA indexes to the alternate glyphs?

This could be it. How do I go about doing this?

matt_desmond's picture

Adam, that was the problem. I added unicode #'s from E001-E069 and the letters printed. Thanks!

Thomas Phinney's picture

Although that may provide a useful workaround, it is not a requirement of OpenType that all glyphs be encoded. However, as Adobe has the (possibly bad) habit of encoding all glyphs, which is enforced by our tools, it may be that insufficient testing has been done of fonts that work differently.

Do you still have a copy of the misbehaving version of the font, and if so would you be willing to share it with us for testing purposes? I want to be sure that our apps or core tech components within them are not making some bad assumptions....

Regards,

T

matt_desmond's picture

Sure, Thomas. I'll send you a copy, Just send me an email at mattdesmond@gmail.com.

Matt

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