At 12:55 Uhr -0500 09.11.2003, ibbetson wrote:
>At 18:25 09-11-03 +0100, Rolf F. Rehe wrote:
>>>when Gutenberg typeset his Bible, he used types of various widhts in
>>>order to achive right-justification. they were of the same height, but
>>>their widths varied, so that when he set a line, he experimented with
>>>types of various widths until the line had the right lengths.
>>They were/are called ligatures, he had over a hundred of them. He also
>>used letters that indicated contractions, such as a 'n' with a horizontal
>>bar over it.
>>Rolf F. Rehe
>I think that the only ones to survive are the ampersand & the commercial at.
David, according to Jan Tschichold, who did much research about the
ampersand, it is one of the oldest glyphs in written communication.
Apparently it was already used by the ancient Romans.
Rolf F. Rehe
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