On Thu, 28 Mar 2002, Michael Brady wrote:
> > Commenting on Excoffon's Mistral, Sem Hartz says that each sort
> > carried a small raised "normal" version of the character, so
> > illegible the type itself was.
> This is a very intriguing remark. The individual letters of
> Mistral are easily readable when shown correctly, but not so
> when reversed!
Hmm, I'm quite certain (if that wasn't clear) that Hartz means
that each sort of metal Mistral had its character represented by
a small letter in some "readable" style. That was of course
below printing height and was most probably a monoline sans ;) .
Not an un-reversed version of Mistral itself, sacre bleu! But
your point holds.
> Same as the effect that certain map details
> lose their familiarity when rotated more than 90 degrees.
> For example, take a line drawing of the Atlantic coast of
> the US, rotate it 90 or 120 degrees or such, and see how
> difficult it is to 'parse' or comprehend. I'm sure the same
> would hold true of the Atlantic coast of Spain and France,
> if it were rotated 100 degrees clockwise. Or the Indian
> Ocean coast of Africa.