Standard Ligatures | Feature Liga

Standard Ligatures | Feature Liga

Standard Ligatures | Feature Liga

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Standard Ligatures | Feature Liga

feature liga {

sub f f i by f_f_i;
sub f f l by f_f_l;
sub f f by f_f;
sub f i by fi;
sub f l by fl;

} liga;

Important

Microsoft in its OpenType® specification explain the tag LIGA in such way: “Replaces a sequence of glyphs with a single glyph which is preferred for typographic purposes. This feature covers the ligatures which the designer/manufacturer judges should be used in normal conditions.”
There is only 5 standard ligatures encoded in Unicode.
uniFB00; uniFB01; uniFB02; uniFB03; uniFB04.
It’s not very reasonable to extend this quantity, because the standard ligatures should be active by default in most applications and if you put more ligatures in feature liga, it could lead to some problems (with spellcheckers, PDF files etc.).
Notice also that fi and fl ligatures do not adhere to the naming convention. The reasons are historical. Although you should have in mind Georg Seifert’s remark: “For final glyph names you should always use the AGLFN names and uniXXXX otherwise. There gives best compatibility (with PDF but also if someone needs to open your files)”.

 
 
 

Further Readings

Glyphs: Ligatures
FontLab VI Help: OpenType Features
Practical Typography: Lig­a­tures
 

Remarks

Stefan Peev

Stefan Peev is a graphic designer and typographer from Bulgaria.

 

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