Re: A .notdef glyph

From: John Hudson (
Date: Thu Nov 07 2002 - 17:06:34 EST

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    At 15:29 11/7/2002, Barry Caplan wrote:

    >Can you provide a document which provides this in context and with the
    >traditional rectangle? Maybe at various point sizes? Looks a lot like pop
    >art to me but I wouldn't head off the discussion yet....

    I can't do that right now, but I will do over the next few days. I'll also
    include some other .notdef glyphs I have come across in fonts.

    It's not so much pop art as op art. My guess is that, using b/w bitmap
    rendering, it could not be cleanly rendered below 12 ppm, presuming it was
    scaled to the cap height, which is what I typically do for the .notdef
    glyph. Below that size, you would have less than 8 pixels to deal with. It
    could be made taller, of course, up to the full body height.

    John Hudson

    Tiro Typeworks
    Vancouver, BC

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