In book layouts, what if the first character on the new chapter page body copy is a quotation mark vs. a letter? - I'm guessing that I apply the drop cap style/technique to both. Visually, it seems to look pretty good. But what is the rule of thumb in this case?
There is a convention cited in various style guides that in such a case
the opening quote is omitted. Best of luck getting that past your
editors. I've never managed to. Visually it's probably the best solution.
Instead, I reduce the opening quote till almost regular text size and
then baseline-shift it upwards so that it sits in a visually acceptable
spot. Some kerning may also be necessary.
For me, it rarely works to set it at full drop-cap size. I suppose it
might depending on the typeface.
Or you could kick the can down the road and rewrite the sentence to move the quote to the inner part of the sentence.
Yes, I reduced the quote size to about the ordinary text size and baseline shifted it. It looks professional. Thanks for the advice!