Tagettes Font

by Pia Frauss

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Tagettes
truetype 464 glyphs 478 characters

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TagettesPlus
truetype 64 glyphs 66 characters
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    About Tagettes Font

    These fonts are dedicated to the lovers of swashes, and I shall feel vastly flattered if you use them to write your wedding invitations -- wishing you all sorts of good luck and happiness into the bargain!

    Tagettes & TagettesPlus are the type of Italian chancery cursive of the 16th and 17th century that is mostly called Cancellaresca. They were developped out of a page of samples created by the French writing master Louis Barbedor around 1650 (unfortunately, the man's name is already taken by another font, so I had to invent a fancy name). Monsieur Barbedor provided such a variety of ps and fs and gs etc. that for a while I got quite lost in that jungle. At long last, I realized, moreover, that swashing too many of the lower case glyphs would make the font look crammed. So, I finally settled on the swashed g -- since that is of my own invention --, as well as a swashed f, and y, sending the swashed b, d, h, k, p, and l off to the alternate font called TagettesPlus.

    Both fonts are matching -- on my computer at least --, and you should therefore have no difficulties in making your texts more swashed by selecting some letters and having them displayed as the alternate glyphs.

    As usual, there is no number sign in this font, and you'll find a long s in its place. Despite the alternate font, there are still extras in the main font, e.g.
    a double l on the left bracket
    a double f on the right bracket
    a less swashed simple g on the bar sign
    an alternate r on the masculine ordinator, the 'less than or equal to', and the the 'fi' sign
    an alternate s on the feminine ordinator, the 'greater than or equal to', and the the 'fl' sign
    a swash on the underscore
    a swash on the ASCII tilde
    and yet another swash on the broken bar sign
    TagettesPlus contains neither figures nor punctuation marks, and its set of upper case glyphs is identical with that of the main font. Its lower case letters are the alternate ones. They are mostly swashed, but you'll find a simple f and g there, too, as well as two less space-taking ys.

    Update 2007 has somewhat altered the TagettesPlus font, adding a swash to the c, s and v, changing the e and t, and redistributing some of the keys. Here's the actual list:
    a swashed long s on the number sign
    a new ending swash for middle zone characters on the period sign
    a swash on the hyphen
    another swash on the underscore
    the font's former e, s, and t on the numbers 1 to 3
    a second simple y on the number 4
    and an alternate German sharp s on the sharp s sign.
    As to the dragon, you'll find it now, not only on the @, but on the µ (micro sign), too.
    For the Tagettes main font, update 2007 has added two kerning pairs, Ll and Ldotl, and has corrected the Ldot and and ldot.

    Update 2010 has not changed the TagettesPlus font. However, for the main font, it has not only enlarged the dashes, and corrected the dcaron, Lcaron/lcaron, and tcaron, it has also redesigned the composite glyphs, and has done this two times over. There is now a difference between the UNICODE version on this page, and the ASCII version you'll find in the collection on the home page. The UNICODE version has been provided with every accented Western character I found in Arial, including U/uhorn, Ohorn/ohorn, as well as their derivatives, and the Schwa/schwa. On top of that, fhe accented glyphs have been treated with more consideration than in the ASCII font. In the ASCII version, the capitals have mostly been downsized to make room for the accents above, whereas in the UNICODE font, the gap between the lines has been enlarged, to keep the capitals as intact as possible. If you need to use accented characters, the Unicode version should be your choice.

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