On Tuesday, November 18, 2003, at 01:15 PM, Xtian wrote:
> Recently I set the sentence "which was over 100,
> too" and hanging numbers really hurt the readability. The suggestion of
> larger than x-height but smaller than cap height may have saved it,
> had the
> option been available.
In text in which numerical information does NOT play a big role, OS
figures work beautifully (literally, they make a beautiful line of
type). But in number-heavy text (mathematical, scientific, analytical,
or a discipline with lots of serialized numbers, such as legal
references), lining figures will probably serve better.
We can't avoid the fact that there will always and everywhere be texts,
word clusters, or islands of characters that are just a bad fit:
Illinois illusionists fall ill
M.M.Mummer wed W.W.Wowell in WWII
And then there are the rivers of white and little rills of lls and mms
up and down a page.