[Spellyans] Cornish fonts

Ken MacKinnon ken at ferintosh.org
Sat Aug 28 11:19:36 BST 2010

Ceri et al,

many thanks for this very useful guidance.

It always jars on me when 'Celtic' i.e. early Gaelic scripts are used for Cornish.  It is ananchronistic and ectopic

I very much hope that a suitable indigenous traditional script for Cornish can be developed for decorative and language display purposes.

- Ken

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  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Ceri Young 
  To: Standard Cornish discussion list 
  Sent: Friday, August 27, 2010 2:27 PM
  Subject: Re: [Spellyans] Cornish fonts

  Font useage is quite an interesting topic to raise in a forum developing KS because of its useage of diacrits which aren't supported by a substantial number of fonts, and which would surely present some problems to those who'd wish to use KS in desktop publishing without particular expertise in typesetting.

  Obviously, this problem exists in Welsh too - the Welsh Language Board's website has issued PDF advice guides on the graphical presentation of Welsh and how to tackle problems involved in Welsh typography; using fonts which don't support the language's peculiar diacrits such as circumflexes over 'y' or 'w' characters etc. - so the guides contain some basic advice on how to kern a circumflex over a plain letter form. Other advice in the guides concerns best practice guidelines for the graphical layout of bilingual literature, or how to choose fonts which take into account Welsh's higher frequency of characters with stems & tails ('ascenders' & 'descenders') than is evident in English - or kerning where letter combinations of 'yw' or 'wy' require cosmetic adaptations to the font settings. 

  If it's of interest to anybody, (and while I have no idea if the Cornish Language Board publishes similar advice to graphic designers) I've attached two of the more recent of such PDF guides issued by the Welsh Language Board to this post. I think there's definitely a few points of in these which might be of interest to those who write Revived Cornish, and indeed; KS.

  Oll an gwella,

  From: John Nash <mim.oldwellstudio at btinternet.com>
  To: Standard Cornish discussion list <spellyans at kernowek.net>
  Sent: Fri, 27 August, 2010 0:49:19
  Subject: [Spellyans] Cornish fonts

  I suppose this request is really directed mainly at Michael Everson, but any information from members of this forum would be appreciated. Compared with Welsh and Irish, indigenous calligraphic source material for style reference is, to say the least, a bit thin on the ground for Cornish - are there as yet any specifically recommended fonts for display lettering in Cornish?
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