[NTG-context] Adobe Garamond Problems with letter combination "fi"

Keith J. Schultz keithjschultz at web.de
Fri Apr 26 09:41:15 CEST 2013

Hi Thomas,

Am 25.04.2013 um 08:56 schrieb Thomas A. Schmitz <thomas.schmitz at uni-bonn.de>:

> On 04/25/2013 08:20 AM, Keith J. Schultz wrote:
>> First I think it better if ligatures should be off as a default.
> Then you should not be using any form of TeX. ligatures have been part of TeX since its invention (TeXbook, p. 4), and they have been part of fine typesetting since Gutenberg. It's a sad consequence of the advent of abominations like Microsoft Word that people consider them superfluous.
	I use XeLaTeX and ConText for it control. I have not touched Word in decades, if possible
	or any other WYSIWYG- system!
	That being said, take a look at the books printed in this day and age. You will find that
	the use ligatures are not that common. 
	For me the fi-ligature, is estranging, as well as other while reading. Others I find very pleasing.
	I do not want to discuss esthetics. I was just expressing my opinion. If the engross of ConText
	users want ligatures as default that is fine with me. 
	On the other side, I believe,  ligatures of off by default in LaTeX, et al. or at least are feature
	is set when the font is loaded. 

>> Now, to my actual question.
>> Is there a way in ConText to selectively true certain ligatures on/ff.
>> for example fl could be on, but fi off.
>> I know that I can set up the the editor to do it, or use unicode directly, but
>> would prefer ConText to do the work.
> Opentype fonts put ligatures into certain groups, so turning fi off while keeping fl is a bit difficult. I think you could use a font goodies file and put a zero-width empty space between f and i. There's a file demo.lfg in the standalone distribution which might be of help.
	Thanx, for the pointer! Will look into it.


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