I’m sure it’s crazy easy, but I can’t find it: how do I type special characters, in FontLab I could type /a.alt or /a.sc how does it work with Glyphs in text mode? Do I have to actually search for every character I can’t access directly?
Or choose an OT feature in the Features popup in the bottom left corner.
Would it make sense to have such alternates pop up as a menu when holding down the key, like the standard diacritics do?
You mean you hold down the A key and get a choice of a.ss01, a.alt, a.test, a.001 and so on?
I’m so accustomed to the FontLab way, that I find it kind of cumbersome The iOS-style pop up is ok, but you still can access too little characters from the keyboard, W and Z have no pop up for example, /Wacute /Wgrave /Wdieresis are not accessible.
I also like to test ligatures alongside the normal word, [back] [ba/c_k] and see what icons look like in a word. I usually give them silly names.
and how should the popup handle glyphs from unrelated scripts? And symbols?
Also about alternates: why not insert the default glyph, e.g. /a, then fn-arrow (or Home/End on extended keyboards) through the alternates? Works great with Font Info > other settings > alternates next to base.
And sample text, where you can use names with slash.
I’ve always found the FLS way cumbersome because you always needed to pay attention to slashes and the names had to be completely accurate.