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Libre Caslon Text v1.0 Released

Update posted March 14, 2013 at 5:23 am by PabloImpallari for the Libre Caslon Display and Text project.

Libre Caslon Text is optimized for web body text (typically set at 16px).
Libre Caslon Display is optimized for Headlines.

There are already lots of digital Caslon's revivals, and lots of Caslon-esque fonts. Some are very good. But none of them was truly made for the web. While they look very good when printed on paper, they render very small when used for web body text on the screen.

Libre Caslon Text, instead, was specifically tailored to be used for web body text (typically set at 16px). It can be used at very small sizes and will still be readable on your website.

Another big difference is that pretty much all other digital Caslons revivals are based on 18th Century specimens by William Caslon I and Wiliam Caslon II.
Libre Caslon, instead, it's based on hand lettering artists Caslon's interpretations typical of 1950 advertising.

Kerning by Igino Marini

Libre Caslon Text also include some nice, extra Open Type features:
- 17 ligatures on the regular styles, and XX ligatures on the italic styles
- Lining Proportional Numbers (Default style).
- Lining Tabular Numbers and punctuation.
- Old Style Prortional Numbers.
- Inferiors, Superiors, Numerators, Denominators.
- Fractions.
- Ordinals.

And a big Pro character-set covering 103 Latin languages: Afar, Afrikaans,
Albanian, Azerbaijani, Basque, Belarusian, Bislama, Bosnian, Breton, Catalan,
Chamorro, Chichewa, Comorian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Esperanto,
Estonian, Faroese, Fijian, Filipino/Tagalog, Finnish, Flemish, French, Gaelic
(Irish / Manx / Scottish), Gagauz, German, Gikuyu, Gilbertese/Kiribati,
Greenlandic, Guarani, Haitian_Creole, Hawaiian, Hungarian, Icelandic,
Igo/Igbo, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Javanese, Kashubian, Kinyarwanda,
Kirundi, Latin, Latvian, Lithuanian, Luba/Ciluba/Kasai, Luxembourgish,
Malagasy, Malay, Maltese, Maori, Marquesan, Marshallese,
Moldovan/Moldovian/Romanian, Montenegrin, Nauruan, Ndebele, Norwegian, Oromo,
Palauan/Belauan, Polish, Portuguese, Quechua, Romanian, Romansh, Sami, Samoan,
Sango, Serbian, Sesotho, Setswana/Sitswana/Tswana, Seychellois_Creole,
SiSwati/Swati/Swazi, Silesian, Slovak, Slovenian, Somali, Sorbian, Sotho,
Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Tahitian, Tetum, Tok_Pisin, Tongan, Tsonga, Tswana,
Tuareg/Berber, Turkish, Turkmen, Tuvaluan, Uzbek/Usbek, Wallisian, Walloon,
Welsh, Xhosa, Yoruba, Zulu.

Download: update-94-source.zip

Note 1: The number in the zip filename is not related to the actual version of the source file. It's assigned by the system, so to keep filenames unique.

Note 2: In the Beta versions the .otf files are for preview only, quickly generated using Ben Kiel's Font Generator Macro. Please reffer to the source vfb files.

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Comments:

#1 Uglyface200 April 6, 2013 at 3:30 pm

I've taken a few minutes to add some characters from Latin Extended-B to the font, using FontForge's cool "Build Accented Glyph" feature. I've only done the regular right now, but I'll do the italic and bold if you wish.

Otherwise, fantastic font! I can't wait to see how, like all free software, it improves by leaps and bounds every time.

Attached: comment-315-source.zip

#2 rrthomas July 5, 2013 at 7:38 am

This looks like an exciting project. I'm a long-time user of Adobe Caslon myself, and it would be great to have a free replacement that others could use without having to buy expensive font licenses.

A couple of typos above: "Old Style Prortional Numbers" (presumably "Proportional); and "XX ligatures on the italic styles" (presumably you meant to count the number of such ligatures); "Font Genertor Macro" should presumably be "Font Generator Macro".

How about the ligatures available in the Adobe Caslon Expert sets?

#3 PabloImpallari July 6, 2013 at 8:33 am

Thanks rrthomas!
But it's not a "direct" replacement for Adobe Caslon.
Libre Caslon is optimized for body text on the web. Adobe Caslon is optimized for print.
In the attached image you can see both side by side.

Thanks for spotting the typos!
No for ligatures for now. But maybe in the future.

#4 foneditor June 11 at 1:17 pm

I've checked the italic in FF and there's ligatures in the italic. 17 ligatures, just like the regular.
Sadly, this amazing font has no bold italic...
When I edit fonts (yes, my nick is foneditor because I'm not a talented font designer, just a editor/extender/style adder) I always do one of the following:
>Embold the italic and fix any heavy flaw
>Use the pre-emboldened regular and apply italic transforms.
I think that you should finish bold italic before putting the bold. This way, Windows GDI/DW generated simulations will not be compromised.

#5 foneditor June 11 at 3:53 pm

I've checked the italic in FF and there's ligatures in the italic. 17 ligatures, just like the regular.
Sadly, this amazing font has no bold italic...
When I edit fonts (yes, my nick is foneditor because I'm not a talented font designer, just a editor/extender/style adder) I always do one of the following:
>Embold the italic and fix any heavy flaw
>Use the pre-emboldened regular and apply italic transforms.
I think that you should finish bold italic before putting the bold. This way, Windows GDI/DW generated simulations will not be compromised.

#6 foneditor June 11 at 3:54 pm

Sorry for the double post. I reloaded the page and the comment was re-sent.
Sorry.

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