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Old 09-17-2006, 05:52 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by bmann View Post
I suppose that is one way to workaround the Mac deficiency
Ho! It is not a deficiency of the Mac. Windows had no f-ligatures; the Mac did. Typographically speaking, ligs are more useful than a couple of fractions.

(Of course, if you use any f-ligs, you really need all 5 — ff, ffi, ffl, fi, fl — rather than merely the fi and fl — but realize that the Mac was the first desktop computer to attempt any typographic niceties, and that was all there was room for.)

Then, when the PC finally got typographically informed, they decided to have three fractions rather than 2 ligs (and something else I cannot remember). But it is as inane to have 1/4, 1/2, and 3/4 (but not 1/3, 1/8, et al) as to have only a couple of ligs.

So please do not suggest there is a Mac deficiency without recognizing the PC deficiency.

Or, better yet, stop thinking in terms of deficiencies at all.

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