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At 12:55 Uhr -0500 09.11.2003, ibbetson wrote:
>At 18:25 09-11-03 +0100, Rolf F. Rehe wrote:
>>>when Gutenberg typeset his Bible, he used types of various widhts in
>>>order to achive right-justification. they were of the same height, but
>>>their widths varied, so that when he set a line, he experimented with
>>>types of various widths until the line had the right lengths.
>>
>>They were/are called ligatures, he had over a hundred of them. He also
>>used letters that indicated contractions, such as a 'n' with a horizontal
>>bar over it.
>>Rolf F. Rehe
>
>I think that the only ones to survive are the ampersand & the commercial at.
>

David, according to Jan Tschichold, who did much research about the
ampersand, it is one of the oldest glyphs in written communication.
Apparently it was already used by the ancient Romans.
-Rolf
Rolf F. Rehe
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