At 10:47 Uhr +0100 09.11.2003, Rolf Marvin Bøe Lindgren wrote:
>[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.
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
Design Research International
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