RE: Usability: Serif and Sans-Serif font faces?

Subject: RE: Usability: Serif and Sans-Serif font faces?
From: "nosnivel -at- netvision -dot- net -dot- il" <nosnivel -at- netvision -dot- net -dot- il>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Sun, 6 Jun 2004 05:19:47 -0400

> Serifs began as a mitigation by stonecutters for the
> problem of irradiation--the tendency of cracks to extend
> diagonally

For what it's worth, the legend I heard is that serifs
began as guides for spacing. The stonecutter would say
"I have to carve AVE ATQUE VALE and I have three cubits.
That's about a quarter cubit per letter. So the A will
go from HERE to HERE and the V will go from HERE to HERE..."

Mark L. Levinson
Herzliya, Israel
nosnivel -at- netvision -dot- net -dot- il

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