Character Spacing

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Character Spacing

Postby devananda » Tue Feb 05, 2013 6:42 pm

Is it possible to have character spacing and mellel?
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Re: Character Spacing

Postby rpcameron » Tue Feb 05, 2013 7:55 pm

If you mean to manually adjust intercharacter spacing, I do not believe this is presently possible. The best way I know around this limitation is using a font family with a full set of opticals, such as different faces for captions, text, headings, titling, &c.
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Re: Character Spacing

Postby nicka » Thu Feb 07, 2013 7:58 pm

True, it's not possible.

Well-designed typefaces and ones with different optical sizes (e.g. these ones from Adobe) certainly make the lack less glaring, but there are times when good typographic design requires letter-spacing: most times small caps are used, for example. See Bringhurst, quoted at the top of this page.
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Re: Character Spacing

Postby c paul b » Mon Jun 13, 2016 7:30 am

If, as seems unlikely, Mellel is not to have character spacing, is QuarkXPress compatible with Mellel? That is, can I take text, including footnotes and quotations of poetry and the like, from Mellel to Quark?

I read a week to two ago what I reckoned was the near-perfectly designed book: Michael Innes' Operation Pax (Gollancz, 1951). The font was Baskerville, largely indistinguishable from Monotype's offering—if not precisely that—and the character spacing was all that I could wish for. Wonderful. And, as always by this particular Innes, a good novel to boot.

So that's the object.

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Re: Character Spacing

Postby rpcameron » Mon Jun 13, 2016 2:11 pm

c paul b wrote:If, as seems unlikely, Mellel is not to have character spacing, is QuarkXPress compatible with Mellel? That is, can I take text, including footnotes and quotations of poetry and the like, from Mellel to Quark?

I read a week to two ago what I reckoned was the near-perfectly designed book: Michael Innes' Operation Pax (Gollancz, 1951). The font was Baskerville, largely indistinguishable from Monotype's offering—if not precisely that—and the character spacing was all that I could wish for. Wonderful. And, as always by this particular Innes, a good novel to boot.

So that's the object.

Regards,

c paul b

You can export to RTF, which will retain most formatting. However, finer points such as note streams, cross-references and auto-titles may not be fully supported by the export.
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Re: Character Spacing

Postby c paul b » Tue Jun 14, 2016 5:11 am

Splendid. Many thanks.

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