Re: Font fondling - a practical application

Subject: Re: Font fondling - a practical application
From: Peter Neilson <neilson -at- windstream -dot- net>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Fri, 03 Oct 2008 14:19:51 -0400

Finding an appropriate font for print and on-screen output that is
unambigious is not easy. At one time we were printing docs on a
daisy-wheel machine in Courier. We used Courier because that was what we
used. Lower-case ELL and numeral ONE were identical. Crucial
distinctions were difficult to manage.

With my trusty Swiss Army Implement I manufactured some specially carved
wheels on which the two characters were different.

Now in the modern on-screen age the problems are similar, but reliable
hand-carving of fonts is a bit more difficult. Gutenberg and his fellow
typographers had it easier.

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Font fondling - a practical application: From: McLauchlan, Kevin

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