[Rolf Marvin Bøe Lindgren]
| when was variable witdh spacing introduced (rather than cutting types
| in varying widhts as Gutenberg did)?
| I don't get this one. Today, characters in digital fonts still have a
| Is that what you mean or am I missing your point?
yes, it seems you are missing the point.
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.
this was very tedious and time-consuming. if he had cut all of the type
(of the same height, obviously) in the same width, and just varied the
spacing, the job would be much less time-consuming.
mechanical typesetting machines came somewhat later and made much of
this easier. and today we have gone full circle with digital type that
however, there was, as I recall, a time when typestters still hadn't
gotten to the point where they realized that varying spacing between
words (and letters for that matter) was much more time-economical than
juggling type widths. I would like to know when that time was.
Rolf Lindgren http://www.roffe.com/
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