by Michael S. Kaplan, published on 2006/01/17 04:01 -05:00, original URI: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/michkap/archive/2006/01/17/513635.aspx
Warning #1: if you do not have Palatino Linotype on your machine then most of this post is wasted on you.
Warning #2: If you are not the kind of person entertained by the sorts of things that a person like me would like, it is probably wasted on YOU too.
I think I have talked about the NULL GLYPH before once or twice.
It is basically the character that a font displays if it does not have a character -- the ultimate fallback.
But that does not mean that the people who build fonts can't have a little more fun with it that showing off something a little better than an empty box, right.
So let's take a look at Palatino Linotype for a moment.
From the font's description text:
Palatino Linotype is the definitive new version of Hermann Zapf’s Palatino, which since its design in 1950 has become one of the world's most widely used typefaces. For this new digital version, Professor Zapf has drawn numerous additional characters to include an extensive range of ligatures, numerals, fractions and support for Cyrillic and both monotonic and polytonic Greek. Special care has been taken to enhance the quality of the letterforms when displayed on the computer screen, ensuring that Palatino Linotype is highly legible whether displayed on the screen or in print. This typeface is ideal for use in extended text settings such as books, periodicals and catalogs.
Are you liking it? I am. :-)
It is a wonderful font for for lots of things, including polytonic greek, which is not what this post is about.
Let's look at the NULL GLYPH in this font in the various styles:
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But just in case anyone has trouble seeing that due to browsers pretending to be smarter than they really are, here is that same text in Wordpad:
Someone was having a little fun with their NULL GLYPH glyphs that day, huh? :-)
(special thanks to Simon Daniels for pointing this one out, and for some of the stories behind the glyphs!)
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