At 19:11 Uhr +0100 09.11.2003, Rolf Marvin Bøe Lindgren wrote:
>[Rolf F. Rehe]
>| 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.
>no, ligatures are something else. ligatures are what you get when you
>cut one glyph as a combination of several others, usually in order to
>avoid unpleasing clashes between letters.
Your definition of ligatures is correct, but your assumption of what
Gutenberg used is not. He used three devices:
* ligatures (many)
* contractions for multiple letters (a horizontal bar over an 'n'
indicated that the glyph actually consisted of two, not one, letters
* some capital letters were cast in different widths.
Rolf F. Rehe
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