In the last few days I have got into a bit of hot water on the H-BUDDHIST discussion list by making a hasty, ill-worded comment about diacritical marks. The reaction has forced me to write a more considered response to the list and it is on the basis of this that I now write a series of posts dealing with the wider topic of fonts and diacritical marks.
In earlier times (before the advent of modern Open Type fonts), diacritical marks were often detested by publishers for the difficulty of typesetting them correctly. Today, however, there may be a lingering suspicion among hidebound presses towards diacritical marks but I think that – in this wonderful, new world of digital fonts and Unicode standards – the majority of presses are not at all hostile to their use. However, there are issues with diacritical marks (as with fonts) that now we shall explore. These issues shall be explored in turn over the next 5 posts:
- Font compatibility
- Font licensing
- Proofing and correction of errors in typesetting
- When is it OK to use diacritical marks?