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Subject: Re: Questions about 'Hanging Numbers'
From: Curtis Clark <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Discussion of Type and Typographic Design <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Mon, 17 Nov 2003 18:45:03 -0800

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on 2003-11-17 00:11 Thierry Bouche wrote:
> 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.

And a look at the early European manuscript tradition of Arabic numerals
reveals shapes that don't harmonize at all, that seem (for good reason,
of course) to have originated in a different writing system. C0n51d3r1n9
h0w d1ff3r3ntly th3y 5tart3d 0ut, 1t'5 amaz1n9 that th3y hav3 833n
harm0n1z3d t0 th3 p01nt that th3y can 83 c0nfu53d w1th l3tt3r5.

Curtis Clark        
Mockingbird Font Works        

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