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4–7 September, 2019

Friday, 6 September | | Miraikan Hall

Talk | Presented in Japanese

Developing a Concept CJK Variable Font Based on Source Han Sans

This session details a personal project by Masataka Hattori at Adobe that examines what is required to develop a fully functional CJK variable font that supports design-variation axes other than for weight, and explores the one for width. A typical Western variable font would support axes not only for weight and width, but also for optical sizes (and possibly slant). CJK fonts, on the other hand, are quite complex due to multiple and sometimes unrelated scripts, such as kana, hangul, ideographs, Latin, and so on, and include both full-width and proportional glyphs. One important consideration for CJK variable fonts is vertical layout: the glyphs for some characters remain upright, while others are expected to rotate. Consider a CJK Variable Font with a width axis and how it should be used in vertical layout. How should the glyphs for Western characters in vertical layout be treated? Should such glyphs be compressed or expanded, and, if so, in which direction? How can such CJK variable fonts be developed? This presentation contemplates the ideal CJK variable font by posing these and other difficult questions.