Last time I looked the US post office was still advocating
typed/typeset all caps envelope addresses but their OCR equipment ins
good enough to deal with reasonably-legible hand printing. I suspect
that their machines would deal with pretty much any characters that old
fogies like Ib and I or young fogies like Hrant would approve of
It's interesting watching the technology change. I put the bar codes on
envelopes myself but in some places the OCR/database combinations are
good enough that they can machine sort to the "plus four" level without
a zip code. It seems that nearly as soon as most people start using zip
codes they're no longer needed.
But put the bar codes on if you're using Not Caslon. Or just dump the
letter in the shredder.
On Nov 21, 2003, at 7:22 AM, ibbetson wrote:
> At 10:29 19-11-03 -0800, Hrant H Papazian wrote:
>> From: Adrian Cockcroft
>> > I feel that most solutions fall short of ideal. Set the post (zip)
>> > code in caps with lining figures and it dominates the text block.
>> > However, set it in small caps with old style figures and it recedes.
> The post/zip codes (and country) are required to be machine-readable.
> the machines have no difficulty with small caps and OS numerals, that
> seem to be the way to go.
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