5134Re: [PPLetterpress] Digital Ligatures
- Jan 1, 2006Austin
Could be laziness or lack of knowledge. The typesetter could also have
turned ligatures off for tracking purposes.
While ligatures were a necessity in the setting of most metal text type,
they aren't necessarily considered a requirement in digital practice. In
fact, the typographer Günter Gerhard Lange (no relation as far as I
know), who is the Artistic Director at H. Berthold AG, is well known for
his opposition to the use of f-ligatures.
>For Christmas I received the book Stealing God's Thunder by Philip Dray.
>This is a book dealing with Ben Franklin and his scientific experiments.
>The book is a Random House publication.
>I have a question for all you digital types. Why are these mainstream
>publishers failing to use "f" ligatures in book typesetting? Being used
>to setting type in metal, the use of fl, fi etc. as ligatures seems
>commonplace to me. I have noticed this more and more in modern
>publications. The f and l, or f and i overlap and are obviously separate
>letters. To me a well designed page will appear an even gray to the
>reader. Spots of black or white are distracting and show poor design on
>the part of the typesetter or book designer unless that is the
>objective. These spots can be used quite effectively to draw attention
>to a particular point on the page. I am very aware of that. The black
>spots where the f and l overlap is excessively black. BAD from my
>perspective. It is difficult for me to see it other than laziness on the
>part of the typesetters. Even the most basic of word processors will
>accommodate the search and replace function. Is this just another sign
>of the times?
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