> It's a truism that typographers of the most discriminating and
> exquisite tastes will prefer in nearly all cases old-style /
> non-lining / lowercase figures (OSF) to the crassly commercial lining
> figures typical of so many parvenu fonts these days.
I like a well-turned thought. "Crassly commercial ... parvenu fonts."
I have found, btw, that some fonts use OS figs as their standard
numerals, rather than as alternates to the lining figs, e.g., Hoefler
Text and Georgia. I like them a great deal. But as you point out, the
problem arises when figures are mixed with caps or all caps, as in the
ZIP code after the state's postal abbreviation or in serial numbers of