Questions about the art and technique of arranging type in order to make language visible. Text is composed to create a readable, coherent, and visually satisfying whole.

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What are the best widely-distibuted typefaces when I don't have access to commercial alternatives?

I frequently find myself producing printed material without the luxury of using commercial typefaces. What typefaces typically installed with operating systems or software applications are good ...
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How does random choice of alternate characters work in OpenType fonts?

I have a question similar to “Writing text with character variations”: I would like to create a casual hand-written-style font, that reproduces the natural variety between occurrences of the same ...
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Does ideal measure change with language?

The ideal measure for single column of text is most widely accepted as around 65 characters, but does this depend on the language of the text? Some languages like French have much longer words than ...
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Legibility of familiar fonts vs. typical considerations for typeface legibility

I recently had a coworker mention that we might prefer selecting a handful of familiar fonts for some built-in themes for a software application we are developing over a handful of other potential ...
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Double space acceptable after period before abbreviated title?

It seems accepted amongst typographers that the double space after a period is a dated artifact of monospace typewriters, but is it acceptable to use a double space in between sentences like: I ...
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How do I create a solid line of uniform thickness inside of a letterform in Illustrator?

I've seen all sorts of headlines and ads that use this style a solid color section of type has a solid uniform line of a different color running through the exact middle of each letter. I've done all ...
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Font design and typographic choices for dyslexic readers?

I recently stumbled on a font designed specifically for dyslexic readers (OpenDyslexic). It explains how it works like so: Letters have heavy weighted bottoms to add a kind of "gravity" to each ...
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Proper typesetting guide

Is there a typesetting guide for English on the web somewhere, whether UK or American or both? I’m thinking of something with rules for correct hyphenation, punctuation, dashes, commas, correct ...
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Do you have a “formula” for the webfont vs graphic type threshold?

Disclaimer: I realize there is not a perfect "formula" for this question. I'm looking for your experiential working practices. If you don't have any, I won't hold it against you. Over the last ...
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What is the ideal number of font sizes to use for a website?

I'd like to know how many font sizes can you use for a website. Someone said to me it's better not to use more than 3 different font sizes (e.g. 16px for heading, 11px for text and 13 px for smaller ...
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What is the definition of a hairline?

Is it the thin strokes in a letter like "O"? Or is it the thin strokes in a letter like "M"?
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Designing for a 6in x 9in book

I am putting a text heavy book together, 6in x 9in paper size. (Perhaps related are this and this link.) Now I look for good font pairings (nice examples are here) and margin settings and line ...
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Any automated system to compute the linear length of a letter(s) in a word or phrase?

I may be way out of league asking this question but is there a way to get the linear length of a letter or words. That is, if you were to take the word "super" and measured the outside border of the ...
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What skills, techniques or methods can I use to help teach my child typography?

I'm teaching my child, who is 5, how to write and I wondered if it would be a bad idea to teach the foundations of typography and if any skills or techniques exist for children that can help show them ...
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Blackletter fonts supporting long s and r rotunda?

I'm doing up a document in the style of the earliest printed documents. For this, I need to find a blackletter font that supports long s « ſ » and r rotunda « ꝛ ». Are there any such fonts out ...
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Symbols “degrees” and “degrees centigrade”: proper spacing

For mathematical and physical units, usually there is a thin space between the number and the unit, in the LaTeX syntax for example $1008\,\mathrm{kPa}$. However, I feel that angular degrees (e.g. ...
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On which sites can I sell fonts I've created?

I made a typeface that I would like to sell non-exclusively on several online stores. I have been searching and found a few nice outlets so far. What are the font shops you know of? Where do you ...
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What to do with small cap initialisms at the start of a sentence?

I am typesetting my thesis and am enjoying the use of small caps for initialisms. They look great in the middle of a sentence, but I'm unsure what to do if they fall at the start of a sentence. ...
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What is the name for the long dashes that sometimes replace the inner letters of a name?

What is the name for the long dashes that sometimes replace the inner letters of a name in older printed texts, and what is their purpose? Image source: Wikimedia Commons
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What are the good and free alternative to Helvetica when use as web font? [duplicate]

Sans-serif typeface is usually in web, so what are the free/open/cross-platform choices that can replace Helvetica? By replacing Helvetica I mean are there any font which is better than Helvetica for ...
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When is font hinting used for print?

Following on from this question: TTF and other "modern" font systems, and font size differences Higher quality fonts contain hinting information, which in short better fits glyph boundaries ...
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What can I do with AFM - Adobe font metrics file?

I received zip containing font in .afm format. Is this some sort of source-code of a font that can be converted TTF/OTF or so? How can I actually read and use this file?
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Styles of the Lowercase “a”

I've noticed that many posters, advertisements, etc -- as well as many fonts -- use the lowercase letter "a" as shown in "figure 1". However, I've always hand-written it as what it looks like in ...
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Scale and proportion with typography

I was recently watching a Lynda.Com video about color and scale in relation to typography. At the end of the course, the instructor challenged the viewer to create a travel poster in 20 minutes using ...
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Is there a term for 'reference-marker symbols'?

While this is loosely graphic-design related, when doing design for some kind of annotations, one have to work with symbols used as 'reference markers', such as 1 in foo 1. When you need to discuss ...
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Help with Font Pairing 'Kursivschrift'

I'm trying to find a good font that pairs well with a logo that uses 'Kursivschrift.' While I'm not a fan of the font due to the excessive amount of kerning required to make it work, it is the main ...
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What do they call those scrolly, curvy elements next to chapter titles?

There's a name for this, and I even found a web site that helps you create such things for web sites, but I can't find or remember either. The element is on both sides of "Season 2014" on this web ...
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What are beginner’s books on typography?

Hum, for some reason I would like to buy myself a book about typography. I have a lot of interest in this field, and already have some knowledge learnt from reading Typophile now and then, among other ...
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How do I italicize fonts that don't have an italic variant in Illustrator?

For example, how do I italicize the font Impact (Regular) in Illustrator CS 6? I can't find the italicize option in the character panel window.
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Building hand-written fonts for lettering

I am looking to build a custom font from my handwriting for lettering a comic. what professional tools exist to build such a font and export it into one of the mainstream formats (TTF, OpenType, or ...
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Is there a way to create gradations between two given weights of a particular font?

Was doing some reading and came across this which I found very insightful: Weight This is the difference between bold typefaces or versions of a typeface, and regular typefaces or versions ...
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What's wrong with Droid fonts?

I have seen on various places that people consider Droid font family with contempt. In latest Android it has been replaced with another family called Roboto. I'm interested in why is that, from ...
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Resources for finding good web font schemes/combinations

I have started doing some freelance website design work for small business clients, and part of my work will involve selecting fonts to use on the sites that I will be making. Given that typography ...
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Are faux small caps now considered OK?

Bringhurst writes that small caps need to be designed to visually match the standard capitals of a font, so that the resulting mixed caps look uniform and balanced; and that purely geometrically ...
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Vertical rhythm/baseline grid in Web Design

I recently read some articles about the importance of good vertical rhythm/using a baseline grid for good typography in web design. I decided to try using a baseline grid, like the 960 grid pictured ...
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Can anyone suggest a free equivalent of the Hoefler Text font?

Can anyone suggest a free equivalent of the Hoefler Text font On Identifont
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Hyphenation of compound words

When a compound word is hyphenated, should a second hyphen he added at the beginning of the line? And what is the case for compound words connected by a dash instead of a hyphen? Is one of the ...
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Different font colours for accent marks in Unicode

I am working on an application which uses some Thai script. Many vowels in Thai script are written as what could best be described as accent marks above consonants. For example, in the word: กึด ...
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Is there a name for a Wikipedia-like “W”?

To be more precise: Is there a name for the type of font where the w's apex is shaped like a cross? Couldn't find it anywhere. Note that the middle doesn't look like two successive v's, but rather ...
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Considerations when using multiple font faces (on webpage or CD cover)

I’m experimenting with fonts for learning purposes, and I noticed that using only one font type looks many times plain, but using more can easily make a mess out of my webpage and CD cover (these are ...
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When did books start using underlines?

Various sources (such as Wikipedia) say that underlining words is a practice originally from handwritten documents, intended to show the printer that the words needed to be emphasized (with italics or ...
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How far back does the concept of a “bold” typeface variant go

What I'd like to know is where in history the idea of having a bold variant of a typeface came about. I suspect that back in Garamond/Caslon's time there would not have been any bold version of their ...
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Proper typesetting of right-to-left text in overall left-to-right context

Screenshot taken from a popular game (LetterPress), where a user has his name in a right-to-left script (which looks like arabic). This typesetting is clearly surprising, as the name is out of line ...
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Studies about people's reactions to fonts and color schemes?

I'm a pianist, composer, and teacher, and I'm building a website to promote myself. I want the site to convey both a sense of elegance and old-world discipline, but also sleek modernity. I was going ...
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How can I extend an existing font to include punctuation and numbers?

I'm in the process of developing a site for a client, and she really likes the font Sell Your Soul for the main headings. Only problem is that it's incomplete - it doesn't contain numbers or any ...
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Freely available old-style serif fonts with multiple weights

When I typeset text, I love to be able to choose from a large array of different weights (and, if possible, expansions). Having light and semi-bold variants in addition to the regular and bold weights ...
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What are some obscure/rare/endangered/extinct typographic symbols?

Just discovered the "asterism" today: ⁂ Super cool. I had never heard of it or seen it before. Wikipedia has more about it. What other typographic symbols are out there that were never all that ...
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What is typographically right: 100€ or 100 €? [closed]

I'm wondering if there is supposed to be a white space between the number and the € sign. 100€ or 100 €
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Titles and Menu items in lowercase, uppercase, serif or sans serif?

Im building a new wordpress website and need some input. The question is - should i use lower or uppercase - serif or sans-serif for my post titles, widget titles and menu items? Which is the best in ...
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Fonts not combining correctly into a family (PC)

I'm using FontCreator 6.5 professional. I have two fonts in the same family, and in "naming" I've given them the same Font Family Name, and in Subfamily one is called Regular and the other is called ...