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Hrant is a big promoter of larger than x high, smaller than cap high
figures. For many typefaces that is a very good solution. I'd add
medium caps of the same height so AFL-CIO, SPECTER, and UNESCO don't
jump out of a page.

Gunnar

On Nov 18, 2003, at 1:02 AM, Adrian Cockcroft wrote:
>> On Nov 17, 2003, at 6:11 AM, Michael Brady wrote:
>>> But as you point out, the
>>> problem arises when figures are mixed with caps or all caps, as in
>>> the
>>> ZIP code after the state's postal abbreviation or in serial numbers
>>> of
>>> various kinds.
> Gunnar wrote:
>> Although addresses on envelopes might call for cap-height and lining
>> numerals for OCR sorting, I'd argue that hanging numerals are a bette
>> choice for zip codes in most cases.
>
> I feel that most solutions fall short of ideal. Set the post (zip)
> code in
> caps with lining figures and it dominates the text block. However, set
> it in
> small caps with old style figures and it recedes.
>
> The only semi-satisfactory results seem to come from using a large
> x-height
> sans, where the all caps/lining figure combination doesn't overpower
> the
> rest of the address.
>
> I've pondered this many times -- what other solutions have people
> arrived
> at?
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