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OpenType fonts are beneficial in that they can contain a much larger character set then standard TrueType or PostScript fonts. Ligatures in OpenType fonts work automatically when you use an application that is OpenType aware. If you’re not using an application that recognizes these extended sets (such as most of the Adobe ‘CS’ products, Quark7, or the newer MSWord2010) these characters (Swash, Ligatures, SmallCaps, etc, …) will need to be accessed manually and copied into your document. The path may vary depending on the Operating System you’re running. If you look at the font in the System ‘Character Map’ and scroll almost to the bottom of the font you’ll find the ‘Private Use’ area. I think you’ll find the Small Caps (and other characters) have been set in this location. On a MAC: If you’re not using an application that recognizes the attributes of an OpenType font there’s a few methods you may be able to use to access extended characters on a MAC running OSX: 1) You may be able to use the ‘Character Palette’ in your OSX MAC to access extended characters in an OpenType font. There’s 2 ways to access the MAC Character Palette. The first is through Fontbook: Launch Fontbook Select ‘Edit&gt,Special Characters’ Change ‘View’ to ‘Glyph Change the ‘Font’ An alternate method is to select the ‘Country’ flag in the upper right of your screen and select ‘Show Character Palette’. (you may need to view your ‘Help’ pages for information regarding ‘languages’ to set this up) Once you have the Character Palette accessible, open a simple application (TextEdit, for example). You should be able to ‘double-click’ any character in the Character Palette and have it appear in the TextEdit document. 2) Another option is in line with the old style ‘Key Caps’ option. If you again go the the US flag, select ‘Open International’. One of the options in the upper section should be ‘Keyboard Viewer’. Select that option, then close the window. When you go ‘back’ to the US flag you should have a new option available, ‘Show Keyboard Viewer’. This opens a keyboard just as was available in the older MAC Operating Systems. If you’re working in an OpenType savvy application (such as Quark version 7 or better, or any of the Adobe ‘CS’ products) in an application such as IllustratorCS, once you choose your font, open ‘Type&gt,Glyphs’. You can select what is displayed in this window by changing the options in the ‘Show’ field. Double-clicking any character will place it into the body of your active text field. For instance, Small Caps is one of the listed options in ‘Show’. Selecting this option will take you directly to the Small Caps set in the font. If you open ‘Window&gt,Type&gt,Character’, then select the font in use and the ‘OpenType’ tab you will see additional display options at the bottom of that window. For Quark, you need to select the text box you are working with, then go to the menu bar at the bottom. Click on the open type logo (the blue O) and select “ligatures”. There are several choices of levels of automation of the ligatures. Please be aware: ‘PhotoShop’ seems to have somewhat limited OpenType options available. Illustrator and InDesign appear to be more ‘OpenType aware’. A customer sent us the following URL that helps outline some import options when working with PhotoShop and the Adobe application suite: Additional information is available by selecting (for instance) ‘Help&gt,Illustrator Help’ from the pull down menu, then select ‘Index&gt,O&gt,OpenType Palette. CorelDraw Suite X4 has limited OpenType support. If you cannot access the extended characters in your OpenType font in CorelDraw X4, you may be able to use one of the alternate copy/paste options outlined above. Source.

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