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Questions tagged [typography]

The style and appearance of printed matter. The art or procedure of arranging type.

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Pilcrow question

Is there a difference between a shaded and an unshaded pilcrow? I am trying to format a block letter and in the unarranged copy, I am supposed to correct- there are both unshaded and shaded pilcrows.
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What is the equivalent of “euphony” when applied to writing?

In the details below, I use something to stand in for the word I am looking for. Speech may have euphony; writing may have something. For example, when writing about the relative sizes of items, I ...
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Word for using extra line breaks to improve readability

I just got a copy of Royal Skousen's The Book of Mormon: The Earliest Text (Yale, 2009), and was immediately struck by his implementation of what he calls "sense-lines": that is, the editor adds extra ...
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When should terms be italicized versus put in quotes?

When a new term is introduced in a book I am writing or an unusual word or phrase is described I either italicize it, or put it in quotes. However, this has led to an inconsistency in which some terms ...
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Li­ga­tured glyphs vs. Words

When two let­ters are joined as a lig­a­ture, I un­der­stand they are con­sid­ered to be one in­di­vid­u­al glyph. I al­so un­der­stand that let­ters on their own like D or S are con­sid­ered nouns or ...
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A word for the circular guides that determine the curve of font serifs?

Serif fonts are usually constructed using circular guides to establish the curves of the serifs. Example: Is there a word for these circles?
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If a speaker clearly emphasizes a word or a term, should it be written down in quotation marks?

If a speaker clearly emphasizes a word or a term, should it be written down in quotation marks? e.g. Everyone's so intimidated by "big data."
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Does it need quotation marks on abstract nouns

I know for sure it needs quotation marks on verbs do, love and etc, in following sentence: Human related actions like "do", "love", "hate", "sacrifice", and so on. Because it would not be right ...
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Opening and closing a letter - is there a name for this style?

Sorry if this isn’t the right place for this question, but I’ve Googled high and low and found nothing. I’ve noticed that some letters start and close with handwriting, e.g. “Dear Mrs Smith” and “...
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Is “well” an adjective?

I read a Cambridge advanced grammar in use and there's one line says We can use sufficiently before adjectives to express a similar meaning to enough. Sufficiently is often preferred in more formal ...
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Is there a name for text that reads the same upside-down? [duplicate]

This is similar to a palindrome but, instead of a word/sentence that reads the same forwards and backward, is there a word for words/sentences that read the same right side up and upside-down? See ...
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Is there a word for when a logo uses an image for one of the letters?

There's a million examples of this, but the one that comes to mind is "smoke shop" with images of pipes in place of the "S"s, like this: Is there a word for this? Edit, September 26, 2018 Thanks, @...
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A word for decorations added to letters

Is there a word for the artistic decorations that are often added to letters in some type-faces / fonts (e.g. caligraphy, etc.) I'm thinking like a serif, but as far as I know, (I'm open to ...
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use '/\' to denote that one missed something while writing

I have seen many people use '/\' to denote that they missed something while writing the sentence. Then, above that symbol they write what they missed. Are you aware of this practice? Let's say, I am ...
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Bullets in tables where some cells have only one entry [closed]

In my tables, the last column of cells often has multiple items per cell, so it's visually clearest to use bullets. The problem is that some cells only have one item, so there's no need for a bullet ...
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Is “to battle (something) off” correct?

In the passage Lesson 13 from "400 Must-have words for the TOELF" by McGraw-Hill, there is a sentence that I don't understand. "According to legend, his arrogance invoked the wrath of God, who ...
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Quotation marks around a new word when I keep using the word?

I'm writing a technical thesis and I need to explain the meaning of a lot of words. However I'm not a native English speaker. The so-called "blah" is a thing that does this and that. Blah was an ...
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What is the category/group for the typographical terms serif and sans-serif

I teach introductory typography to students studying graphic design. While constructing a list of design factors that affect the appearance, readability, and legibility of a typographic letterform, ...
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Why Was Title Case Invented?

I've seen questions and answers about the "when", but I don't really understand the reason to use this Horrible Way to Type Sentences Which Obviously Hinders Readability. It's really bad when in a ...
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How should the name of a series of books be formatted?

I know that you underline – or if you're typing, you put the words in italics – the titles of books, and that you put chapters or quotations from a book in "quotes," but do you do anything to the font ...
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Is it proper to use all caps for an organization name that is not an acronym?

I'm editing copy for a nine-part educational series about a non-profit organization that I will call Foo Society here. They do admirable work and I'm happy to help more people learn about them. ...
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Capitalization in 18th Century English [duplicate]

I have often wondered about the (seemingly) arbitrary capitalization of words in 17th & 18th century English, and again today, came across this quote by Edmund Burke in Sylvia Nasar's Grand ...
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Is there a name for this paragraph indentation style?

In longer form poems you sometimes see a verse where the first line is indented to the level of the end of the previous verse’s last line. For example, this Keats poem: or this poem from Wordsworth: ...
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Cite numbered paragraph of a section [closed]

I know that the pilcrow ¶ must be used to cite a paragraph from a (standard/legal/normative) document organized in numbered paragraphs, and the section sign § when organized by numbered sections. I'm ...
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Name for making the first few words in a chapter small caps?

What do you call the style of making the first few words of a chapter (or book, article, etc.) uppercase? Here is an example from J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye: To clarify, I'm not talking ...
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typesetting: small caps on possessive apostrophe after name? [closed]

Some typesetting styles use small caps on surnames, e.g., "Mᴀᴏ Zedong's Little Red Book". If the surname comes last, however, I'm not sure whether or not the possessive apostrophe-ess should be ...
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Using dashes for showing a dichotomy spelling

I have trouble with deciding how to use dashes in the following case: Before moving on, it is worth noting that the complex -- (non-complex) simple dichotomy is not the same as the complicated -- ...
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What is it called when you put an asterisk behind a word or phrase and then later explain it more?

This is often used in ads to refer to their website for additional rules. I'm using it in a list of skills, and to not clutter the list, I added some additional notes to some of the items at the end. ...
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Shoud spaces be used between “<” or “>” and numbers or letters?

Should spaces be used between "<" or ">" and numbers or letters? For symbols, what is right? P<10, P <10, P < 10 or P< 10? For numbers, what is right? 4>2, 4> 2, 4 > 2 or 4 >2? Is ...
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Pagination styles in novels

While reading novels, I like to put a bookmark on a page where a sentence or a paragraph ends, preferably at the bottom right, which will enable me to just turn the page and put the marker. I can ...
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Usage of diacritics in loanwords

I was told here that not using diacritics (specifically the cedilla) is bad usage for those who know — I assume — their diacritics. Is that correct? Is garcon a correct spelling, in English, of the ...
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Esh (ʃ ) as S in English language? [duplicate]

I was reading a book, "Ancient accounts of India and China" which, I think, was published in the middle of 1856, and I see "S" was replaced by the "ʃ" symbol (in small letter s, it looks more like "f')...
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Using a space between name initials [duplicate]

Does one need to put a space between initials of the first and the second names. Which one is correct: "Sincerely, J. D." (where J. D. means John Doe) or "Sincerely, J.D."?
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Is reading uppercase sentences hard? [closed]

When there's an uppercase sentence, I've found it's hard to read easily. Is it just me or do others also experience this?
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Connection between the thou/you thee/ye forms of you and the confusion between the thorn (þ) and the letter 'y'?

There's a lot of good information in the answer to an existing question about thou/you and thee/ye, and many are familiar with how shops with the affectation of "Ye Olde Shoppe" get that "Y" from a ...
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Correct spelling for the abbreviation “FPS” (frames per second) [duplicate]

Well-known game journalists TotalBiscuit and Jim Sterling use [the number of frames per second] fps instead of 30FPS or 30 FPS, without an intervening space between the units and the following units (...
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How do I show that a singular word is louder than any other in a sentence when writing it?

I know that when a word is capitalized it expresses yelling. What about text showing someone is talking and emphasizing a particular word, but he clearly isn't yelling the word out? How is a "non-...
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Where does the [sic] go in this sentence?

I'm quoting a sentence that has an error in it. ...visitors need to need to apply for a temporary residence permit... I don't want to correct the error, I want to quote it as it's written. But I ...
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Any idea about this 'ul' glyph from 1580's book on orthography?

Second row, all the way to the right. Does this glyph have a name? I am unfamiliar with it and had never come across it before. Page 21 in Bullokars Booke at large, for the amendment of orthographie ...
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Scientific Nomenclature: italics or roman in an italic environment

Scientific Nomenclature says that: Italics are used for bacterial and viral taxa at the level of family and below. All bacterial and many viral genes are italicized. Serovars of Salmonella ...
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Using a short quote at the beginning of a chapter

I want to use a short quote as an opener to a chapter in a university homework. Is there a literary term for this? How would I typeset the proverb shown most correctly for American English? Quotes:...
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What does title “Cost Effective Web Design” signify in English? [closed]

When addressing on search engines or even writing an email about a business query for a cheap web designer does the statement pass on the message clearly "Cost Effective Web Design" or Should I use a ...
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Curious New Yorker typography [duplicate]

Reading this article in the New Yorker I notice this word 'reëxamined'. It's not the only one written like this, any other word with double vowels will be written similarly. What is the point behind ...
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Bold, Italics or Underline? [duplicate]

When writing a letter, or other form of written work, what is the appropriate way to put emphasis on a word or phrase? When would one use bold? When would one use italics? When would one use an ...
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Opposite of the term “keming” (KEMING)

Is there an opposite of "keming", where there's a kerning problem involving too much space between certain letters? For example: The page looks pretty good, but the spacing between the "_" and "1" ...
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Manuals of Style and Typography for British and American English [closed]

I would like to know which manuals of style and typography are the most common ones for British and American English. I am interested in the basic manuals and the manuals for technical scientists (...
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Word for letters that aren't typographically similar

For example I, 1, or l (lowercase L) can be indistinguishable from one another depending on the persons writing style. The same for the number 0 and the letter O. Is there a word for letters that are ...
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Is there a broadly-accepted term for the stylized scene separators in novels, like ⁂? [duplicate]

Often in novels (and other written works, though I'm personally most familiar with them from novels), within a chapter you'll find a little glyph that marks a transition to a different scene. ...
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Alphabetic analogue of Numero sign (№)?

I'm typing up a spreadsheet that organises a television series's storyline, and the columns are supposed to be in the following format: . Is there an ordinal indicator I can put there where it says [...
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“Accentuation signals” in English

Unlike in English speaking countries, here in Brazil it is very common to have names with accents. My own name is an example of it: Túlio. In my case, in letter u we have an accentuation signal ...