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Old 11-29-2006, 03:38 PM   #23
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This is not a matter of rules, or of grammar or syntax. Typography is a matter of aesthetics as much as anything else, and individual typographers and studios were often chosen by their clients because of the aesthetics that they used, as individuals.

To see this, use any two or three "publishing" programs and set the same two pages of copy in each of them. Same font, same size, but leave all the defaults for the type as they shipped. You will see very different spacing, hyphenation, and "color" (optical density) of the text on the pages, because each program is using different default values. Most are closer and better now than they were only a few versions ago. And most software today is using the same font metrics that were bundled with the fonts, very few people are actually modifying the metrics, which was normal before PostScript came on the scene.
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