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origins of the square em

From: Douglas Bagnall <douglas@paradise.net.nz>
Date: Fri, 21 Jan 2000 11:29:33 +1300
Message-Id: <200001202228.LAA04266@deborah.paradise.net.nz>
To: www-style <www-style@w3.org>

When I worked as a hand-typographer (somewhat anachronistically in the 
mid-1980s), em-blocks were square, and it was obvious why.

A square can fit into a line of type, whatever its orientation. A 
slightly off-square block would require close, eye-straining, 
examination before it could be correctly fitted into the line.

The actual width of an M is neither here nor there.

douglas
Received on Thursday, 20 January 2000 17:29:19 GMT

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