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Basic Set of characters needed in a
Some people have asked what a basic character set for a Non-Roman font should include (besides the Non-Roman
characters). The chart on this page is our recommendation for a basic set of characters. It includes the
union of Windows CP1252 and Mac-Roman.
Balancing typeface legibility and
economy: Practical techniques for the type designer
This essay looks at some of the variables that affect legibility, particularly those under the control of the
type designer. From this foundation, it continues with a summary of techniques used in the design of
economical typefaces throughout type history and evaluates their impact on legibility.
Problems of diacritic design
for Latin script text faces
Early in the development of the Latin script, special marks, separate in nature from the basic letters, began
to be used. Since the innovation of movable type, these diacritics, or accents, have been a special challenge
for the type designer.
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