Contextual Alternates OpenType font feature

Community Beginner ,
Jun 16, 2020 Jun 16, 2020

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Hi. I have purchased  a font to help create books to be used to help kids with joined up writing. The seller assured me that if I used software which supports Contextual Alternates OpenType font feature, then this will join up as I type.

Needless to say this did not happen and it was suggested that I required a newer version of Indesign. I now have the most up to date version and I still cannot make this font work as it should. Am I missing something (apart from 70 quid lol)?

I would be grateful for any help.

Thanks in advance 

Babs P

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Community Beginner , Jun 27, 2020 Jun 27, 2020
Hi all I've only just got this issue resolved. The font supplier downloaded InDesign especially to try to work out what was happening. I have to change the paragraph setting to Adobe World-Ready Paragraph Composer.Now I've got no excuse not to get on with the job lol.Thank to everyone who gave advise.Babs x

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jun 16, 2020 Jun 16, 2020

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InDesign definitely works with Contextual Alternates. I've seen it work, although I don't use them often. What font did you purchase? What font foundry did you buy it from? Since InDesign is probably the application which would use such a feature the most, your type foundry should be able to help you make it work in InDesign, or you should ask for your 70 quid back!

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 19, 2020 Jun 19, 2020

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Hi.

Thank you for your message. The font is called Linkpen, bought from JoinedUp Resources (cursivewriting.org)

They too have suggested a few fixes, but none are working at the moment. The font works in pages and keynote but I dont like to design in those. Just hoping that my constant searching will find an answer.

 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jun 16, 2020 Jun 16, 2020

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If you're a subscriber to InDesign CC you have access to hundreds of Adobe fonts that are free to download and use, scores of these are categorised as Calligraphic and would suit your purpose.

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 19, 2020 Jun 19, 2020

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Hi.

Thank you for your message. 

I will look into what is available.

The supplier have suggested a few fixes, but none are working at the moment. The font works in pages and keynote but I dont like to design in those. Just hoping that my constant searching will find an answer.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jun 16, 2020 Jun 16, 2020

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Perhaps this posting from the FontShop may help you:

 

https://www.fontshop.com/content/enable-contextual-alternates

 

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 19, 2020 Jun 19, 2020

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Tried this to no avail, but thank you 🙂

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Adobe Employee ,
Jun 26, 2020 Jun 26, 2020

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Hi there,

 

I am hoping that your issue has been resolved till now. If not, please feel free to update this thread else let us know if any of the suggestions shared above helped you or not.

 

Regards,

Sheena

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 27, 2020 Jun 27, 2020

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Hi all

 

I've only just got this issue resolved. The font supplier downloaded InDesign especially to try to work out what was happening. 

I have to change the paragraph setting to Adobe World-Ready Paragraph Composer.

Now I've got no excuse not to get on with the job lol.

Thank to everyone who gave advise.

Babs x

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Mar 30, 2022 Mar 30, 2022

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The Adobe World-Ready Paragraph Composer is ONLY when you use text other than left to right in a paragraph, never for any western text only.

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Mar 30, 2022 Mar 30, 2022

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I have read many community comments and I still cannot figure out how to see the blue highlight/underline (on context menu) of a glyph when I know there is an alternate. I know I can use the glyphs panel, but its so nice to see that blue pop up and quickly view what the alterntives woud look like without leaving the text area. Anymore suggestions? Ive checked language, adobe world-ready paragraph composer, the setting is checked for type contextual controls. At a complete loss! Thank you!

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