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Subject: Re: Germany Adopts Official Font
From: Richard Weltz <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Discussion of Type and Typographic Design <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Mon, 19 Apr 2004 12:09:16 EDT

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In a message dated 4/19/2004 11:48:54 AM Eastern Standard Time,
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As I understand it, this is simply the corporate type style for
official publications and perhaps publicity issued by the German
Federal Government. Compare it to the corporate type style that is
used, for instance, for all typographic matters coming from Mercedes
Benz. Just that.

That's why I asked. The wording of the announcement at the referenced URL
sounded a hell of a lot heavier than that -- especially as it stated that the
face was mandated for all correspondence, advertising, and brochures.

The concept of a federal government dictating such broad usage of a single
typestyle is, one might say, rather "foreign" to an American.

Can you imagine the US Congress passing a law requiring that all
correspondence, publications, booklets, brochures, advertising, forms, etc., of each and
every federal agency and office be only in the Times Roman family? And that,
furthermore, the fonts could only be obtained from or under license by a single
private company? The very idea boggles the American typographic mind.

-- Dick

-- Dick

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