If this is the reason here, and it’s such a high-level font rendering decision in Dorico’s brain, then I’m completely fine with it and glad I learned something. My objection would be if it’s random.
Thanks Ben. In my opinion (and I’m no font expert), the inconsistency in font rendering in Dorico is a problem. Initially I thought it was just because of the particular font I was using, but the number of examples of other fonts continues to rise. I’m reminded that “Th” has the same inconsistency regarding ligatures.
I was showing my wife this font last night and asking her opinion. Her first comment was, “Well, I’m no expert at that sort of thing.” And her second comment, immediately upon seeing it, was “Why is the second ‘s’ connected and the first one isn’t?”
She’s good with details, but it just goes to show these little font variances aren’t insignificant or negligible.