Re: Why people still want to encode precomposed letters

From: Christopher Fynn (
Date: Tue Nov 25 2008 - 18:43:07 CST

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    Hans Aberg wrote:
    > On 25 Nov 2008, at 19:25, John Hudson wrote:

    >> In any case, it is not a period generally associated with 'traditional
    >> typesetting principles': for that you need to go back much further.

    > So electronic typesetting influenced the design of typefaces before it
    > even existed?

    Phototypesetting, which is not 'traditional', goes back at least to the
    early 1950s. Some phototypesetting system used fonts on strips of film a
    film matrix or on disks, but later other systems exposed the
    photographic paper with projections from a CRT using 'electronic' fonts.

    Some of the best zoom lens designs were first developed for varying the
      point size of type in phototypesetting systems

    BTW there seem to be versions of the nroff & troff utilities, which go
    back to 'electronic' typesetting, updated to support UTF-8 & OpenType:

    - Chris

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