Istok Web is an original typeface, in development since 2008. At first some basic letters were based on specially modified METAFONT sources from the CM Bright font family from the TeX community. (METAFONT is very flexible technology.) But in fact Istok fonts are now very far from this origin. Contours of the font are designed in the freely distributable font editor, FontForge.
Most glyphs are manually hinted with the aim to be rendered on LCD displays. I used xgridfit as a tool for programming truetype instructions. Less frequently utilized symbols have automatic instructions produced by FontForge autohinting, until manual hinting can be done. Manual and automatic instructions are intended to look homogeneous.
Istok Web font contains 1281 defined characters and 940 unique glyphs. The font contains characters from the following unicode character ranges: Basic Latin (93), Latin-1 Supplement (95), Latin Extended-A (101), Latin Extended-B (88), IPA Extensions (96), Spacing Modifier Letters (48), Combining Diacritical Marks (49), Greek and Coptic (5), Cyrillic (184), Cyrillic Supplementary (2), Phonetic Extensions (23), Latin Extended Additional (158), General Punctuation (38), Superscripts and Subscripts (18), Currency Symbols (1), Letterlike Symbols (2), Number Forms (16), Mathematical Operators (3), Miscellaneous Symbols (1), Private Use Area (217), Alphabetic Presentation Forms (2).
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