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Re: Jenson's ligatures


"Rolf F. Rehe" <[log in to unmask]>


Discussion of Type and Typographic Design <[log in to unmask]>


Fri, 6 Sep 2002 11:23:38 +0200





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>From: Dan Franklin
>> You could use an "st" ligature twice in this
>> single word, but it would look overdone.
>That's an aesthetic decision, and there's nothing wrong
>with that. But in the functional realm ligatures actually
>have promising potential in aiding readability, if they're
>used -in a consistent manner- to diverge boumas.
>For example you might use the non-ligated "st" for "Christ"
>but the ligated form for "Christmas", and two ligatures in
>"Christmastime" to pull it away from "time" as well.

Hrant, ligatures can indeed aid legibility as they can shorten the, uh, word Gestalts and the idea as such is not new. J. S. Scorsone actually developed 17 experimental ligatures as an addition to both a sans and a serif font (Journal of Typographic Research, Winter 1970).

Why would you not use the 'st' ligature for 'Christ'?

In 'Christmastime' only the first 'st' ligature would be appropriate; traditionally for compound words (that is, for the endlng syllable of the one and for the beginning of the other) ligatures are not used, ostensibly to maintain the identity of the individual word segments.


Rolf F. Rehe
Design Research International
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