Re: Perception that Unicode is 16-bit (was: Re: Surrogate space in

From: John Hudson (
Date: Tue Feb 20 2001 - 15:46:08 EST

At 10:32 AM 2/20/2001 -0800, wrote:

> >The only thing that I insist on is that we maintain the distinction
> >Roman and roman.
>Which is?

In the context of Latin (or Roman) script typography, roman has a very
specific meaning. It is because of this that I favour the term Latin when
referring to the script; I'm usually talking to type designers and font
developers, and using the term Roman in this context invites confusion or
at least more nit-picking than even I want to read every day. Sometimes, I
have to use roman at the beginning of a sentence :)

A roman type is one which is upright. Most commonly it disitinguishes such
types from their italic counterparts. Some people limit its use to seriffed
faces, but I think it is appropriate for at least the more humanist sans
serif designs.

John Hudson

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