At 11:12 AM 17.11.03 +0800, Arthur wrote:
>I have a few questions about the 'hanging numbers' that typefaces like
>Why are they 'hanging' below the baseline?
>Is there a purpose to it or its just something that German/Dutch type
>designers like to do?
Apart from the functional aspects that have already been mentioned, be
aware that the "hanging" form of numerals is the original one, with a
long tradition in typography (of all origins, not only German or Dutch).
"Lining figures" are a much more recent invention.