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Contextual alternates are go

February 18th, 2009 by Noam Berg

I finally got my contextual alternates working! I went back to an OpenType tutorial by Thomas Phinney (the MAN, by the way) and tried adapting the code in the first example. Seems to work…I can get my font to cycle between three alternate ‘e’ characters when they’re set next to each other. This is encouraging progress¬† in the code department.

Another thing I’m getting some practice with is regular expressions. They’re scary to look at, but once you get the hang of them…they’re so damn cool. And you feel like a total badass. A colleague at my internship was teaching me on Friday how to use them in TextWrangler, where they came in very handy.

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Noam Berg is a graduate Student in the Design and Technology MFA program at Parsons School for Design in New York City. He is also the (debatably) creative force behind Exfish Studio. Noam is obsessed with old vacuum tubes, type design, computers, guitars and comic books. Noam likes Thai sweet chili sauce, hats, suits & ties, Wacom tablets, Japanese green tea (with the toasted rice), nerdy science girls, many varieties of music, SLR cameras, AnarchoJudaism, lithography and pocket watches. Noam's not a big fan of cell phones, the cool kids, ugly and over-used fonts (you know who you are!) and talking about himself in the third person. Seriously, this is really weird. I'm gonna stop doing it now.