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Is monospacing URLs in academic papers still advised?

URLs are not regular text Using a monospace font is not pleasing to the eye, […] Yes, but then reading URLs isn’t very pleasing anyway. So, think about for a second why you typeset a URL in the ...
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Where and/or why is a slanted hyphen used?

It's a feature of that particular font design. There is no distinction between a horizontal and slanted hyphen. Some fonts such as Adobe Garamond, Monotype Goudy, Goudy Old Style (URW), have a ...
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Is that a good kerning?

Two quick tips for checking kerning... squinting your eyes, and inverting the text... by doing this you can focus more on the contrast and white-space and be less distracted by the actual letters ...
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Is monospacing URLs in academic papers still advised?

A few further points: Many monospaced fonts have good character differentiation. Compare 1Il and 1Il. In a pdf (you're talking about academic papers so this is a likely format) being read on screen, ...
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Font that doesn't move when text is edited

I think you're either asking about a monospaced typeface – where each character has the same width – or the tabular lining opentype feature, which makes numbers the same width in typefaces where this ...
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Which font's digits resemble Nixie tube digits?

One family I've recently noticed is the TT Chocolates and the Extra Light looks pretty close to what you need, but note the '1' in the image below is replaced with an uppercase 'i' (as suggested by ...
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What is this "circled G" glyph alongside Greek text in an English book from 1765?

It appears to be an omicron-sigma ligature that was used in early Greek printing. I have no idea if it is still in use. This image is from the Wikipedia page on Greek ligatures Another example here ...
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How could letters overlap in manual typesetting?

Not all typesetting before the digital era was done using moveable metal type. In 1986, phototypesetting was already available, and had been since the 1950s. Phototypesetting involved projecting ...
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Incorrect usage of hyphens in the form “Artist - Song Name”

Mainly because: The dash is not part of people's keyboard. But the weird hyphen/minus character is (I mean ideally we would use minus for minus and hyphen for hyphen but that is just how it is). Most ...
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Which symbol represents multiplication?

U+2715 (“Multiplikation X”) is in the Dingbats block. Therefore, it’s for ornamental usage (if anything) and not for communicating mathematical relations. There is no reason to expect that any font ...
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Which two letters to use to show the most typographic concepts?

Probably, it doesn’t matter much to your audience whether you use letters they are familiar with, as long as they are clearly recognisable as letters. Hence I suggest Ȩ̂ (E with circumflex and ...
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Why don't any common typefaces use ascenders or descenders on capital letters (except Q and sometimes J), even though they make text easier to read?

I think the premise of this question is incorrect, i.e. that lower case letters with descenders/ascenders evolved to make reading easier. Our modern lower case letters evolved from Latin half-uncial ...
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How could letters overlap in manual typesetting?

Even when talking about metal type, letters were not all square. Take a look at this "f" for example, and you can see a bit that's protruding, and would make it overlap with the next character.
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Helvetica: trailing leg in lowercase "a"

The right leg is reduced for thicker weights, eg. bolds and blacks, probably as optical corrections. Basicly, the thicker the weight, the smaller the leg. Myfonts offers a live preview where you type ...
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Why do so many books indent all paragraphs except the first one in each chapter?

You are correct. This is the way these things are done: only the paragraphs following the first are indented.      I can little hope to better express why we do this than ...
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Using Google Fonts for print work

It's completely fine to use them. Google Fonts are all open source, so you can use them for whatever you like. However, they are mostly screen fonts. In other words, they're mostly designed to look ...
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How could letters overlap in manual typesetting?

I agree with @BillyKerr -- 1986 was at a minimum movable type and Photo Mechanical Transfers (PMT). In other words, absolutely hot type and not cold type. Also realize it was the early 80s when ...
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Why is the design of haulage companies so “special”?

Some of these companies are very old family operated, some even tracing back to the second world war or before. Such 'static' companies that are not sold every 5 years to somebody else in the gulf don'...
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Typography: First line indent in the first paragraph?

First of all, the point of indenting the first line of paragraphs is to help the reader distinguish adjacent paragraphs when reading or skimming the text. Doing this in addition to not justifying the ...
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Photoshop CC: text stuck in all caps

Open your Character Panel: Untick the All Caps setting in the Character Panel:
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Typesetting: Meaning and use of dashes in publication from 1751

This specimen is an excerpt from A New System of Castle Building that appears in The Student: or the Oxford and Cambridge Miscellany Monthly - Volume 2 (a compendium magazine published by, you guessed ...
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Is there a font that has the same height for every character?

Capitals with curves are designed slightly larger than the other letters to counteract an optical illusion, which otherwise would make those letters look too small, even though in reality they wouldn'...
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How can I improve card design?

This is a small item, so avoid filling precious whitespace by containing every element into its own separate box. Instead, break the design down into 2 sections for better separation between the top ...
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What are the main reasons for using full justification when ragged right is more readable?

The main argument I always hear (I work with scientists, and they say it a lot), is that it looks better at first glance*. For a lot of people, the ragged edge looks disorderly and chaotic. On a first ...
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