Is there such a thing as the most representative letter in fonts, by seeing which we could definitively say that it's one font or another. Is it possible to identify a font by a single character, or possibly by a set of characters? If so, which character (minimal set of characters) would be the most representative?

  • I've seen people use the word "Handgloves".
    – Wolff
    Oct 28, 2020 at 22:44
  • Thank you @Wolff! Do you know of there is any scientifically proven way to confirm that "Handgloves" is the best word?
    – delimiter
    Oct 28, 2020 at 22:52
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    I don't know about "scientifically". If I knew more I would post a proper answer. Maybe someone else can explain. No subset of characters will ever be able to show all of a font's characteristics, but it's about leaving out letters which often have similar shapes. ages can be quite unique. n can be similar to muh, d to bq, l to i, o to c, v to w.
    – Wolff
    Oct 29, 2020 at 0:06
  • This entirely depends on the language you want to use, since obviously there are different features in the font sections for different languages.
    – joojaa
    Oct 29, 2020 at 6:25
  • @Wolff - Totally off-topic, but quite funny because "handgloves" isn't actually a word in English. It seems to be a failed attempt to translate the German word "handschuhe" literally hand-shoes. The word in English is just "gloves". LOL;)
    – Billy Kerr
    Oct 29, 2020 at 12:57


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