Re: logos, symbols, and ligatures

From: Werner LEMBERG (
Date: Sun Nov 04 2007 - 15:46:55 CST

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    > > In German, it is considered correct to only use ligatures within
    > > one part of a compound word, but not across the parts. For
    > > example, in the same text, you would use the "fl" ligature in the
    > > word "fliegen" (to fly) and you would NOT use a ligature in the
    > > word "auflegen" (to put on, to lay sth on sth), since it's
    > > "auf+legen".
    > Yes, Adam is right, of course. It is the compound word boundaries
    > which stop ligature formation in German, and not the syllable
    > boundaries which I'd mentioned in an earlier post.

    This is not correct. In German, the syllable boundary stops
    ligature formation.

    > And, getting back to German, it's my understanding that the ligature
    > formation conventions are quite different even in the same language
    > when the text is set in Fraktur. Indeed, ligature formation in
    > Fraktur appears to be more of an art than an exact science.

    Why do you think so? Are you talking about `ſ' vs. `s'?


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