Old Typography

Small details, such as ligatures connecting letters, made typography in past times more aesthetically pleasing – easier on the eyes. It was also an art form: look at that italicized ‘Q’!

Most of our computerized fonts today are not in the same ballpark as the old typefaces. If anyone knows of a good open-source font that does ligatures and has other lovely details, feel free to share a link in the comments.

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2 Responses to Old Typography

  1. Cathy says:

    Just beautiful. The words offer so much to reflect on. I also long for periods of silence to reflect on what we are praying for or asking for during the Mass. Thank you for your post!

  2. fatherhorton says:

    Unicode doesn’t treat ligatures as distinct characters. https://www.unicode.org/faq/ligature_digraph.html
    It’s up to your display program to make them appear. LaTeX can be made to do it, but I haven’t tried in years.

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