Typographic Classification of Writing Systems

From: fantasai (fantasai.lists@inkedblade.net)
Date: Sat Mar 12 2005 - 18:45:25 CST

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    Writing systems are typically classified according to their linguistic
    principles. However this isn't particularly relevant to creating a
    typesetting system. For example, Hebrew and Arabic are both abjads, but
    justifying Hebrew text is a lot more like justifying the Latin alphabet
    than justifying Arabic. Scripts in the Devanagari family behave very
    similarly, but do not share as many typographic properties with some
    other Brahmic scripts. I was wondering if there are any classification
    schemes based on the systems' /typographic/ properties.


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