Glyph Positioning

With display type in all caps, the positioning of hyphens, dashes, and parentheses will require optical adjustment. Hyphens are centered on the x-height, which is appropriate for lowercase letters, but looks too low for text in all caps. Without OpenType fonts you would need to nudge up the hyphens, dashes, and parentheses using baseline shift. The beauty of OpenType fontsand InDesign's support of themis that this glyph positioning happens automatically.

If you format an OpenType font as All Caps, glyph shifting automatically adjusts the punctuation for a better fit: Hyphens, dashes, parentheses, braces, and brackets all shift vertically. Note, this only happens when you choose the All Caps character formats, not when you key in text with the Caps Lock key on.

Figure 7.17. Glyph Positioning.

Characters and Glyphs What s the Difference?

Characters are the "names" or code points assigned by the Unicode standard. Glyphs are the actual design of a letterform. Characters are rendered by mapping Unicode characters to specific glyphs. One character may correspond to several glyphs: A lowercase e, a small caps e, and a swash e are all the same character, but are three separate glyphs.

Tip

How do you know if your font is an OpenType font? Well, if it's followed by the word "Pro" then chances are it is. InDesign CS2 ships with several OpenType fonts including Adobe Garamond Pro, Adobe Caslon Pro, Caflisch Pro, Minion Pro, and Warnock Pro.



Stylistic Sets

Part I: Character Formats

Getting Started

Going with the Flow

Character Reference

Getting the Lead Out

Kern, Baby, Kern

Sweating the Small Stuff: Special Characters, White Space, and Glyphs

OpenType: The New Frontier in Font Technology

Part II: Paragraph Formats

Aligning Your Type

Paragraph Indents and Spacing

First Impressions: Creating Great Opening Paragraphs

Dont Fear the Hyphen

Mastering Tabs and Tables

Part III: Styles

Stylin with Paragraph and Character Styles

Mo Style

Part IV: Page Layout

Setting Up Your Document

Everything in Its Right Place: Using Grids

Text Wraps: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Type Effects



InDesign Type. Professional Typography with Adobe InDesign CS2
InDesign Type: Professional Typography with Adobe InDesign CS2
ISBN: 0321385446
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2004
Pages: 186
Authors: Nigel French

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