Le lundi 17 novembre 2003 Ó 04:48:39, Gary Munch Úcrivitá:
GM> The concept behind OSF is that the figures, with their small bodies
GM> and several extenders up (6,8) and down (3, 4, 5; 7; 9) blend into
GM> the general color of a text.
Not at all. The concept behind OSF is that it is similar to the actual
shape put on paper by people writing with their hands & fingers. Just
like the concept behind the way letters look.
Figures _never_ blend with letters "naturally", a _9_ never looks anything
near to a _g_ (maybe a 6 could have some familiarity with ?? at least in
Cochin Italic ???). But hanging proportional figures simply are more
legible, more naturally shaped, whence find their place more easily in
running text just as the lc letters do, and for the very same reason.
Lining figures are similar in concept to those geometric/aligned fonts
where the natural shapes of the letters are completely distorted in
order to put them into some arbitrary grid (monospace, e.g. or
GM> But, for there to be a general color, we
GM> need an extended text, not a headline; the odd extenders of a OSF
GM> head such as "4567 Killed" with the mismatched descending figures and
GM> many ascenders cries out for redistribution.
Yes, that is a real problem: if you really go into this titling/text
figures business Ó la Bringhurst, you will soon end putting a cap to
initial digits (2001, a space... -> lining 2/hanging 001) or changing
randomly "case" of digits. This is a risky business.