case

Our esteemed colleague, the sometimes unsympathetic Michael Everson, has embarked upon a project to transliterate Alice in Wonderland in IPA phonetics, with full upper and lower case. (John Wells, who broke this red-hot newsflash on his blog, later complained about confusability of æ and œ digraphs.)

Dear readers,

i am wondering how to best handle case sensitive punctuation (opentype CASE feature) and kerning of these characters with uppercase letters. Depending on the vertical position of the character (let's say "{"), the horizontal kerning has to change too to make everything look well alligned.

I can imagine of these solutions (working with fontlab 5):

- kern as if CASE was always applied (looks ugly if the user just types with capslock)

- kern as if CASE was never applied (often looks bad just when it should actually look good)

- fiddle with the horizontal pos values in CASE feature - but it would mean to change them for every possible combination manually - lots of work ...)

Indices : Terminology : Case

In current practice, usage of the term case most likely refers to the use of uppercase (capital) or lowercase letters. See some examples below. In letterpress practice, case refers to the physical box (case), usually wooden, that a given set of letters is stored. Capital letters were stored in the upper (top) case and lowercase letters were stored in the lower (bottom) case.

Examples:

ALL CAPS -- All letters are capitalized.

Title Case -- The first letter of each word is capitalized.

Sentence case -- where the first character is capital and the remaining words are lowercase.

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