At 03:29 09-11-03 +0100, Jan Middendorp wrote:
>>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
>specific width assigned to them. You can modify that width (add
>positive or negative spacing) but that possibility has always existed
>-- at least for positive spacing.
>Negative spacing (and leading) became possible with phototypesetting,
>because from then on the image produced was no longer linked to a
>physical 'hard' negative.
>Is that what you mean or am I missing your point?
I have read that the British Financial Times cut type to width in their
financial tables and that this factor made them an early adopter of
electronic methods. (I don't remember whether they used photo type-setting.
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