Textura Reticulata

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Textura Reticulata, my first font.  I began with the intent of replicating my own textura quadrata calligraphic hand, but decided against approximating the heavily-rounded majuscules with small line segments and ended up mostly inventing a majuscule set.  I feel like the minuscules are a good approximation.  The Ogham set are, of course, what you would expect to get if transcribing them with a roundhand nib.  And I made use of various unused unicode slots to add some non-canonical Ogham characters for one of my own projects.

Info: Created on 11th February 2019 . Last edited on Tue, 25th February.
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Nice extension to Ogham...

Comment by anonymous-1520403 22nd February 2019

Ogham?? why?? XD

Comment by JingYo 22nd February 2019

@JingYo According to Wikipedia, Ogham is an Early Medieval alphabet used to write the early Irish language (in the "orthodox" inscriptions, 1st to 6th centuries AD), and later the Old Irish language (scholastic ogham, 6th to 9th centuries).

Comment by anonymous-1520403 22nd February 2019

@Se7enty-Se7en Thank you.  I don't expect the extensions to serve a functional purpose for anyone else, but that is rather the point of the private reserved unicode block, I think.  Any time I think one of my new characters is a bit much, I look at the Book of Ballymote and I see I am in good company.

@JingYo probably best not to plumb the depths of my madness =)

Comment by ShaneTheStudious 22nd February 2019

They are in the Private Use Surrogates, The Real PUA is U+E000-F8FF...

Surrogates, when in pairs, display non-BMP letters, otherwise they display the � letter...

Comment by anonymous-1520403 22nd February 2019

@Se7enty-Se7en, yes, you are correct.  But it seemed to me the best place to drop them to avoid collisions with most other fonts, as I could not find the true private use area available to us on FontStruct.  Let me know if I missed it though, I'm just operating by the seat of my pants here.

Comment by ShaneTheStudious 22nd February 2019

Awesome :D

Comment by Cookielord 22nd February 2019

Moved the "extended Ogham" to various unused locations in Ogham, Runic, Tagalog, and Hunanoo.  The previous location worked fine for Excel but Word didn't like it.

Also kerned the heck out of the font.  I have a new respect for you blackletter font creators, because the textura quadrata family requires a lot of fiddling to get the dense spacing I'm looking for, and no one set width worked with more than half the other characters.  According to the Python script I used to generate all possible character combinations, I've just gone through 8838 pairs... time to take a break...

Comment by ShaneTheStudious 28th February 2019

Really Nice.  I like it.

Comment by SymbioticDesign 28th February 2019

Welcome to FS! This is an outstanding first font!

Comment by zephram 28th February 2019

Thank you all for the kind words!

I have also added some new quote characters, since different typing programs use different quotes (for example, notepad uses " while word uses “ and ”).

And I have created another font based on it, called Textura Filamenta, to represent the unusual effect of writing blackletter with a much smaller pen.

Comment by ShaneTheStudious 6th March 2019

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