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A man of the cloth and the steel he wields

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  1. I’m surprised that you got even half-way through that bottle. Woofie. You could use what’s left as a wound antiseptic, bug repellent or for pickling frogs.

  2. It’s fun seeing you go through all these typefaces!

    Type snobs insist it’s pronounced “oo-ni-ver” in the French way.

    It’s interesting, because the ideal tracking between characters is somewhere between the two choices you have. I’m noticing a sure way to ID something set on a Composer is that the spacing is slightly wider than it ought to be.

    1. oh, it’s child’s play to tell mechanically set-type from either optically set type (photo typesetters that thrived in the 70’s and 80’s, and died out by the 90’s – i doubt there are *any* of them left operating) and computer-set type. One way is just that Adobe standardized the “DTP point” as exactly 1/72nd of an inch in the late 80’s – prior to that 72 “points” was just shy of an inch (because prior to that an American “point” was actually a “Johnson point”, standardized on the worn matrices left over from Ben Franklin’s print shop). Another is that Composers use a 9-unit escapement and the fonts are cut to different measurements than either hand-set, optically-set or computer-set type.

      The whole controversy of the Bush documents could easily have been solved in 10 minutes if they’d bothered to ask anyone who knew anything about typography prior to 1990. Non-computer set type will *never* match up exactly to computer set type given the same typeface/size and kerning. There’s too many other variables that won’t be the same. :D

  3. Sounds like that Composer would be Mad Max’s writing tool of choice.

  4. If you get two Composers you could have a parallel Univers (sorry nothing intelligent to add as usual). :)

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