A Compulsory Edit For Everyone Who Wonders About Its Usage : OK I'm using this s/he thing quite a few times in the thesis and since ⚧ (transgender unicode symbol) is even in the list, I thought this might be a nice addition. I'm not really losing sleep about it but it would have been nice if such a ligature was available for legal text etc. Probably I'll remove every single copy of it with a he and have a beer afterwards and write mean comments about vegetarian diet. So if you please, take it as a challenge regardless of whether if I'll use or not. Because, it's becoming off-topic as it is inherently a linguistic issue, one that is I'm not a native speaker of. Migrating it to Graphic Design is another option if you feel like it.
I find myself often grinding my teeth I need to keep this gender neutral thing in mind... even though I have no belief for its purpose. I can understand and respect the movement of increasing consciousness but over time, this showed only inconvenience rather than its original intended purpose. Maybe a genuine neutral pronoun is better but I don't know anything about linguistics so nevermind, I digress. ( for alternating use of
her etc. automatically, look at Alan Munn's
I'm thinking of a standalone ligature for handling this once and for all in my document. Initially I've tried to make the slash a little more pleasing but due to the geometry of
h, we can't squeeze and keep the slash without things getting in the way of each other.
Question : Can you please propose alternatives that would serve as a general ligature that can be applied to as many mainstream fonts as possible? I can cook up my own version for a specific font if the idea is generally applicable to any font. It would be really great if it works with PDFLaTeX but it's not a deal-breaker.
Examples : Font-specific tricks such as hiding
s in the serif of
h, .... (a failed attempt)
Letter-cropping-based ones : Well, I can't believe how ugly it turned out to be but for the sake of argument, here it is.
st and ct type ligatures, from wikipedia (I'd better not touch that)
and many more. The
last middle two are abominations of TikZ.
Excuse my current lack of imagination but, it wouldn't do much good anyway if compared to our font experts here.
For the off-topicness of the question, I agree right from the start but an idea about ligatures via either TikZ-like drawing or kerning manually, seems borderline on-topic, hence the question.