[XeTeX] Zero Width Non Joiner, or how not to make a ligature

William Adams will.adams at frycomm.com
Thu Nov 15 15:21:51 CET 2007

On Nov 15, 2007, at 8:59 AM, Gerrit Sangel wrote:

>> But of course, you first need to find a Fraktur font which supports
>> ZWNJ, which does not seem obvious!
> I wrote a mail to a person who digitalized some Fraktur fonts, but  
> she didn’t
> really know about Unicode and Opentype, she mapped ſ to s and \ was  
> s and the
> individual ligatures were mapped to % or ] or something like  
> that... The
> problem is, almost all Fraktur fonts handle the ligatures that way,  
> the best
> is if someone maps ſ to U+017F, but apart from that, I don’t see a
> really “good” Fraktur font which supports all Unicode and  
> Opentype features.
> Maybe some really expensive ones, but the free or relatively cheap  
> ones don’t
> have these features.

Have you tried Adobe's Fette Fraktur or Wittenberg Fraktur?

In the meanwhile you can just prevent the ligature by grouping, say  
using braces:

of{f}icial won't make a ligature


William Adams
senior graphic designer
Fry Communications

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