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5139Re: [PPLetterpress] Digital Ligatures

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  • Graham and Kathy
    Jan 2, 2006
      Ignorance, cup-fulls of ignorance, and maybe a dash of laziness and a pinch
      of 'faux hip'.

      Graham Moss
      Incline Press
      36 Bow Street
      Oldham OL1 1SJ England

      On 1/1/06 17:53, "Austin" <austin@...> wrote:

      > 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?
      > Just wondering.
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