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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.

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Curtis Clark                  http://www.csupomona.edu/~jcclark/
Mockingbird Font Works                  http://www.mockfont.com/

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