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Talk about jumping in with both feet!
The best current tool for general use is FontLab.
Best information about open type fonts can be found with ... that's
and other combinations
Microsoft and Adobe both have excellent papers on the subject at a
variety of levels. The Fontlab manual (available separately and free
from the Fontlab site) should give you some indications of the effort
I went and looked at a few of the links. I'm now beginning to wonder if I shouldn't avoid designing in it until it's more common.
I would have thought OpenType would have been more widely supported than any other considering it being a format pushed by both Adobe and Microsoft (though now the Microsoft font development team has been axed?).
Have you seen a list of the programs that support OpenType that I could go look at?
One would think that at least all the Adobe programs would be okay with it. Flash? Adobe acquired Macromedia. Shouldn't these now be made to support OT? Hmmmm.
Definitely need to do some more research.
Right now, only Adobe products can use the full range of Open Type
facilities, and even they don't at the same level. My understanding
is that InDesign is the most complete. Illustrator has the "glyph
palette" that eases access to the full glyph complement. It's
possible, but more difficult, in Photoshop.
Microsoft's Unicode and Opentype support is almost random across
applications. CharacterMap seems to work well with the extended glyphs
for some fonts but not with some others.
If someone has better information than I've offered, PLEASE feel free
to correct me!