Re: Serif/San Serif Fonts

Subject: Re: Serif/San Serif Fonts
From: Joanna Sheldon <cjs10 -at- CORNELL -dot- EDU>
Date: Wed, 12 Apr 1995 19:29:28 -0400

Yvette writes:

>The serifs actionally had a purpose. Early printing methods (Gutenberg, et.
>al) were crude and had problems with quality. Smudges prevailed. The purpose
>of the serifs was to act as mini inkwells.

<...>

> It was only with improved printing processes that
>san serif became a viable type option.

1 -- there's an even more likely reason for serifs: they are a vestigial
trace of the links that occur between letters in script.

2 -- It's sans serif, not san serif. (Sans means "without," in French).

...JS


Joanna Sheldon
Technical Writer, Translator
(French, German, Italian)
cjs10 -at- cornell -dot- edu


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