Martin Luther King Font Update #16

March / April 2021


Dear reader reader,

You downloaded the Martin Luther King handwriting font, and I wanted to let you know that an updated version of the font is ready for you to download from your account:

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The new version of the font will show up in your font menu as “Martin Luther King 2021 April”. I recommend uninstalling older versions to keep your font menu organized.

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This update completes the new, improved set of numbers (6, 7, 8, 9, 0, 0 (version 2)) and a semicolon. Also, I changed the naming of the font. It will now appear as Martin Luther King, and the Font Style is "2021 April". I increased the line spacing. Some systems like Microsoft Word "clip" a font if a letter reaches into the following line, as it does naturally in handwriting. Please keep in mind the "clipping" only occurs in the software. As soon as you print or export a PDF, the font will render just fine.

Usage Tip: Activate Initial and Final Forms.

In handwriting, a letter written at the end, middle, or beginning of a word can be quite different. Advanced handwriting fonts like the Martin Luther King handwriting font offer features to address that. To activate this feature is easy, but every software places the button for it in a different spot. The good news: once you learn it, you never forget it. What you are looking for is to activate standard or common ligatures.
The example shows how to activate final and initial forms in Word.

Click here to see a video of how to do that!

Other software, like LibreOffice or TextEdit, automatically activates the feature and offers different ways to manipulate the text’s appearance.
Some software, like InDesign, will give you more detailed access to features.

Why new numbers?

In the January update, I mentioned that almost all the alphabet letters are now in the font (capital Z is still missing). Now I focus on marks and signs. While looking for missing characters, I came upon the last page of Dr. King's seminar notes on Social Philosophy from October 3, 1961, to January 23, 1962 (view the complete binder online at The Martin Luther King jr. Research and Education Institute at Stanford University.) In the sample, we can see a lot of numbers.

Note the different fives at the beginning or end of a number.


The font's current numbers are taken from samples found in texts and not in the context of other numbers. That is why some number combinations could look a bit "off". So I decided to start fresh with a new set of numerals.

The former numbers remain in the font and are stored in stylistic set 1. You can switch between the different numerals through the advanced typography menu. In some contexts, one set may be more suitable than the other.

In Word, you can reach the menu with these short cuts:
Ctrl+D or Ctrl+Shift+F on PC
command +D on MAC.

In Libre Office, you can change the stylistic Set through the character menu and then pressing the Features Button:



The next update is scheduled for:
April 26, 2021

Support the development of the Martin Luther King font.

This project is very dear to me; I hope you enjoy the font. Without support, this project would not be possible! The more people support the project, the more time I can spend working on the font. I will add one additional letter for each 100€ ($110, £90) donated monthly. reader reader if you want to support: please donate monthly. The continuity will help me and the rhythm of the project.
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Enjoy the font and stay tuned for more updates,

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Update History:

Update #16: 30. March 2021. Added numbers: 6, 7, 8, 9, 0, 0 (version 2) and semicolon.
Update #15 / 28. February 2021: Added Numbers: 1,2,3,4,5
Update #14 9. January 2021: Added the letters: ă â à ā ą å ã ć č ç ě ê ė è ē ẽ ḡ î ï ì ī į ĩ ĺ ł ń ň ñ ô ò ő ō õ ŕ ř ś š ţ û ù ű ų ů ũ ŵ ẁ ŷ ỳ ỹ ź ž ż as well as the dollar sign and an alternative comma.
Update #13 Added 29. December 2020: capital letter X, parenthesis left and right (), improvised: Aacute, Adieresis, Eacute, Edieresis, Iacute, Idieresis, Jacute, Oacute, Odieresis, Uacute, Udieresis, Wacute, Wdieresis, Yacute, Ydieresis, aacute, adieresis, eacute, edieresis, edotaccent, iacute, idieresis, jdotless, jacute, oacute, odieresis, uacute, udieresis, wacute, wdieresis, yacute, ydieresis.
Update #12 Added 30. November 2020: initial p and f, and a variation for the lowercase t.
Update #11 Added 29. October 2020: special form I, final-form t
Update #10 Added 28. August 2020: J, initial form y, colon
Update #9 Added 28. July 2020: Q, final form e, Alternative Form U
Update #8 Added 28. June 2020: P, final form n, initial form i
Update #7 Added 28. May 2020: Number: repaired ligature features, U, final form y & s
Update #6 Added 28. April 2020: Numbers: 3, 5, 6, 7, 8 (Numbers are complete)
Update #5 Added 31. March 2020: Capital letters: D — Numbers: 4
Update #4 Added 25. February 2020: Capital letters: I — Numbers: 1, 9
Update #3 Added 25. January 2020: Capital letters: A, R
Update #2 Added 27. December 2019: Capital letters: C, E, O, V — Numbers: 2, 0 — Signs: hyphen
Update #1 Added 27. November 2019: Capital letters: L, K, N, W, S, T, F, B, Y, H — lower-case letter: g — initial lower-case letter: t.init — Signs: Bullet, comma, quote-single (or apostrophe - very important for English), quote-double, quote-double left, quote-double right
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