whence serifs

Subject: whence serifs
From: Mark Levinson <mark -at- SD -dot- CO -dot- IL>
Date: Mon, 1 May 1995 15:28:33 IDT

For that matter, Roman inscriptions in stone had serifs.
- John Renish

** I think it's just a theory, but some folks believe that since
the Romans had not invented liquid stone for erasing bad
chiselling, the stonecutters laid out the serifs first as
guidelines and only then engraved the letters.

(So the stonecutters' serifs got to be considered an integral
part of the typography, and the rest is self-perpetuating
history...)
mark -at- sd -dot- co -dot- il


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