RE: Characters

From: William_J_G Overington (
Date: Fri Feb 11 2011 - 13:48:27 CST

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    On Friday 11 February 2011, Doug Ewell <> wrote:
    > There is no one frequency chart, for alphabetic letters or for all of Unicode, that is right for all text-compression needs; and a compression scheme that assumes one will fail spectacularly for text samples that fit a different model.
    Noting what you write and not knowing enough about compression to comment, yet would it be helpful if someone could find from somewhere a font synopsis for a metal type font from the 1960s or something like that?
    There were more pieces of type with a letter e than pieces of type with a letter t and so on, with much fewer pieces of type for a letter z.
    I do not know how far the research and development of the original poster has progressed, yet if such a list of the number of each of various characters in some size of metal font could be found, then maybe that information would provide some raw data for research in the compression method.
    Letterpress printing is alive and well, often as a hobby or a craft or both at once, yet I have not been able to find a font synopsis on the web at the time of writing this post. Can anyone help please?
    William Overington
    11 February 2011

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