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    Stephen Nixon commented  · 

    This is happening for me, as well, including in fonts like Apple SF Pro and Roboto Serif that are widely used.

    It seems that there are a couple of important patterns:
    - This happens in variable fonts that have separate but related roman and italic font files. It doesn’t happen in fonts that include a "slnt" axis, such as Inter or Acumin.
    - This change occurs in custom instances, not named instances. For example, if I select a named instance like Roboto Serif Medium, it doesn’t get flipped to Italic upon restart. If I select a custom weight value, however, like wght=650, then it does flip to Italic.

    I have found that this bug occurs both in Illustrator v27.5 and v26.5.3, as well as Prerelease v27.6 (192)

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    Stephen Nixon commented  · 

    In case it is helpful for testing, I have made a quick, simple test font which replicates the RLIG issue. It can be found at https://github.com/arrowtype/illustrator-rlig-test

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    Stephen Nixon commented  · 

    Update: I’ve found that you *can* use rlig in Illustrator, but it is just very inconvenient (and hard to explain to others).

    It works for me when I am using the “Middle Eastern” line composer (in Version 26.1 and Version 27).

    To activate that, I had to go to Illustrator Preferences, then Type, then check "Show Indic Options." THEN, go into the Paragraph panel, open its flyout options, and finally select one of the "Middle Eastern" line composers.

    It seems wild that it’s this difficult to activate such a seemingly basic feature... hopefully the team can activate rlig by default, as is specified in the OpenType spec.

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    Stephen Nixon commented  · 

    I’m not sure whether this is a regression, but I am finding that rlig does not work with static fonts, in Illustrator 2022 or 2023. (The initial issue remains: rlig doesn’t work in variable fonts, either.)

    The fonts I am testing have an rlig feature that works just fine in InDesign, web browsers, Font Goggles, Figma, Sketch, Keynote, Windows 11 Word (once ligatures are activated in settings)...

    It is deeply frustrating that a basic, required OpenType feature is still unsupported, nearly 5 years after being reported. :( Please help!

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