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Subject: Re: patents, copyright, type
From: "William F. Adams" <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Discussion of Type and Typographic Design <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Thu, 12 Feb 2004 08:53:31 -0500

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I'm going to pass on further discussions of patents on type in general,
simply because I don't see it as profitable or useful given the
apparently irreconcilable differences and the powerlessness of the type
community as a whole to effect legislation (which as David noted is
more a reflection on the nature of lobbying in Congress than on the
type industry and its members).

On Thursday, February 12, 2004, at 03:19  AM, Karel van der Waarde

> I'm not sure what the differenceis between a typographic typeface and
> all the other typefaces, but I was particularly struck by the
> description of the required dimensions: "pitch 16".
> I thought that "Pitch 16" was used by IBM electric typewriters to
> indicate the number of characters per inch? Can anyone please
> enlighten me?

Yeah, that's really weird. Typewriters in general were described as
being 10 (often called Pica) or 12 pitch (Elite), which was 10 or 12
characters per inch --- this was carried through to lineprinters and
one had 17 pitch / per inch characters.

Are you sure it isn't a bad translation? It seems far more likely to me
that the measurement would be according to some DIN / metric standard,
or at least in ``Q''s (Japanese ``Kyus'') quarters of a millimeter.


William Adams, publishing specialist
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