Re: Using M-dash and N-dash
Other than consistency across characters, and a large enoughThat's far too large a topic to possibly cover in a single e-mail. However, in this case, what I meant by "quality" was the care and the originality that went into the design. The reason why em dashes and ampersands are indicators of these qualities is that many font designers simply put a generic glyph in for them. Designers who are really thinking about all aspects of a font will have some interesting variations, even in characters like these.
character set represented, what are the main traits that
define the "quality" of a font.
And how would your answer differ if I'd said "type-face"?In this case, it wouldn't differ at all.
However, to speak generally, I'd examine carefully the differences between the roman and heavier (or light weights). Just as blowing up a font to a larger size isn't enough in many cases, so thickening or thinning the strokes of a character aren't enough. In both cases, the change often needs to be accompanied by at least a partial redesign of the letter. In fact, that's why I tend to avoid using bold weights - too often, the letters aren't redesigned, and the result looks ill-proportioned.
Bruce Byfield 604.421.7177
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