This might be a stupid question but I just don’t get the way anchors work in RoboFont. I’m new to font editing, I’ve never used FontLab but I’ve seen tutorials about how anchors work there. I understand the purpose of anchors and I understand how FontLab is dealing with it but in RoboFont things seem to work differently and I can’t figure out how.
I’d like to use them to position diacritics. So I placed one anchor in the base glyph
aand named it
topand another in the accent glyph
_top. Then I built the
¨as components to the empty
äglyph. This is kind of the FontLab way and it doesn’t work.
After trying other combinations without success and failing in research on the web on this specific topic here I am.
Is there an out-of-the-box-behaviour for anchors or are they supposed to be accessed by scripts in order to use them?
Thanks for your help
RoboFont has not yet support natively for placing components with anchor support.
You can use
font.generateGlyph(...)to compile glyph with anchor placement.
font = CurrentFont() font.generateGlyph("adieresis")
there is no native support to build accents 'magically'
you can still use robofab as the example above
or write a small glyph construction string when adding a glyph
jhera last edited by gferreira
It's 2019 and i still don't get how anchors work in RoboFont (v. 1.8.4). Anchors i create, base glyphs and diacritics, seemingly don't link to each other, so i just add new glyphs using the
aring=a+ringkind of syntax than move the diacritic manually to place it right. Can't find the answer on how to link them anywhere, don't really know what terms i should be looking for. The documentation provided by Robofont website is not very helpful for total beginners like me...
there are multiple ways to build accented glyphs in RoboFont. these are described here: Building accented glyphs
have you tried using the Glyph Construction extension?
in 2019 you don’t really need anchors to position diacritics anymore :) you can still use them (with or without underscore), but you can also use guidelines, variables, vertical metrics attributes, reference positions, etc. have a look at the docs & give it a try!