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Subject: Re: Maths (bb, kt?)
From: Barbara Beeton <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Discussion of Type and Typographic Design <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Wed, 3 Nov 1999 08:17:53 -0500

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roy asks,

    What's the difference between the fractions with a diagonal line and the
    ones with a horizontal line, or is it just cosmetic?

the ones with a diagonal line are used for things like recipe
books or in ordinary text -- never in math.  (and i like the
diagonal versions too, in the proper context.)

    If there is a difference; does the base of the inferior
    horizontal-lined-ones sit on the baseline or can it sit on the descender

i can't answer that in those terms.  i'm not even certain where
the base sits for the ones with horizontal lines.  however, the
horizontal line *should* line up with a minus sign and with the
horizontal member of a plus sign and the horizontal centerline
of the equals.  if that's not done, then these fractions aren't
suited for use in math either.

roy -- are you adding math stuff to fonts again?
                                                        -- bb

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