From: James Kass (email@example.com)
Date: Sat Oct 13 2007 - 23:04:26 CDT
Philippe Verdy wrote,
>Andreas Stötzner wrote:
>> Good heavens, no. Emoticons, dingbats are just slang terms which
>> are used by technicians (who rule the standardisation business) instead
>> of professional definitions. Symbols is still regarded by many as a
>> kind of playground off the serious track of text. This is the
>I don't know why you think that emoticons and dingbats are identical.
Andreas Stötzner is a respected typographer who knows the
differences between emoticons and dingbats very well.
>Regarding the name "Dingbats", it is named like this only because of a
>popular Adobe font popularized in Postscript printers (popularized itself by
>Apple in MacOS).
Quoting from Wikipedia,
"The term supposedly originated as onomatopoeia in old
style metal-type print shops, where extra space around
text or illustrations would be filled by "ding"ing an
ornament into the space then "bat"ing tight to be ready
for inking ."
P.S. - Political satirist Al Franken, in one of his books, made
some interesting references to Rush Limbaugh's fact-checker.
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