…lysis of the development of the Paduan script as much as a collection of examples is still awaited. The reasons for such a lack, according to Zamponi, are mostly due to the variety of protagonists and the mishmash of evidence, that has to be searched not only in manuscripts, but also in illuminations, paintings and frescoes [Zamponi 2006, p. 37].
The idea of fonts containing interpolable design space and named or dynamic instances is not new. OpenType variable fonts build directly on the technology introduced to TrueType by Apple in the QuickDraw GX graphics environment. Of similar vintage, Adobe’s multiple master format approached similar concepts in a different way. Both those earlier technologies failed to take-off in the 1990s, for a variety of reasons, and font makers — who have a long collective memory for such things — might sceptically ask what is different this time?