RE: [PPLetterpress] ligatures in Quark
- John Henry wrote:
>I recently switched from Quark Xpress on my Macintosh to Quark forUnfortunately, John, standard PostScript Type 1 text fonts for
>Windows and found that the automatic ligatures feature was no more. I
>even found it impossible to get to the font locations for the ligatures
>using Quark. I am certain there must be a way, but I was pushed for
>time, so chose not to use the standard ligatures that time. I will take
>some time and make inquiry as to how to retrieve the ligatures I need
>using the Quark on a Windows machine.
>I had hoped to search and replace for the ligatured characters, but
>could not put the code into place for the ligatures.
Windows do not contain the fi and fl ligatures. (These and a few
other characters are only available on the Mac font versions; but
note that the Windows versions have a few characters not on the Mac
versions.) However, additional Expert fonts are available for many
text typefaces, and these include all 5 common f-ligatures, although
automatic substitution is not possible in this case.
A couple of other observations while we're on this thread:
(1) It may be that the compositor for these books that contain no
f-ligatures is using Quark on Windows (and therefore has no access to
the ligatures except as I have noted above).
(2) A very few typefaces have such ugly ligatures that I won't use
them. Trump Medieval is one -- what was the designer
thinking/drinking!? In the case of Trump, the buttonhook f causes no
problem when combined with the ordinary dotted-i or l.
- Once I was a Mac Quark fan, but there are many riches only to be found
in InDesign. I am using CS2 for Macintosh. It automatically substitutes
the mighty 5 ligatures, if they are available in the font:
Character palette / flyout (options) button / select Ligatures.
Quark cannot do more than fi and fl, and messing with expert sets is a
InDesign will also automatically substitute additional ligs like ct and
st (again, if they are present in the font, which is most likely if the
fonts are recent OpenType):
Character palette / flyout (options) button / select OpenType / select
I agree with another writer who said a few ligatures in a few fonts are
ugly. So is inconsistency, or using only 2 of 5 ligatures.
Happy New Year!