Re: Proposal to encode dominoes and other game symbols

From: Michael Everson (
Date: Tue May 25 2004 - 16:00:55 CDT

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    At 14:00 -0400 2004-05-25, wrote:
    >Michael Everson scripsit:
    >> Trump seems to mean something else in English these days.
    >Not really. In the game of tarot/tarocchi, which is a species of
    >whist, there are a fixed set of trumps; in successor games using the
    >standard deck, which suit is trumps is determined by one of a
    >variety of procedures. "Major arcana" for pre-20th-century decks is

    Nevertheless it is the modern term (in divinatory Tarot at least).

    >Your complaint that modern decks don't appear as fonts is a direct
    >consequence of the copyright laws, since such fonts clearly infringe
    >the copyrights on the decks.

    Possibly. Possibly it's just devilish to draw such things. Certainly
    as modern icons, the Rider-Waite "glyphs" are best known. Perhaps not
    in the Francophonie; I don't know.

    >We're lucky to have the two Marseilles Tarot fonts at all, but the
    >fact is that we do have them.

    If we buy them. ;-)

    Michael Everson * * Everson Typography *  *

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