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Old 02-19-2009, 10:56 AM   #1
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Default A font by any other name?

I'm doing a survey on how people use terms such as "font" and "typeface," and I'd appreciate more input.

See my blog for details: http://www.thomasphinney.com/2009/02/font-name/

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That was fun!

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Interesting to take part in the questionnaire - had to think a bit about some of those answers.

And the term 'fount' didn't appear once.

   
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That was fun! And I let it shine through (mostly in one comment) how working with Chinese fonts has influenced my thinking about this.

   
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I think one has to agree that fount and font go back to the same origin, though font is nearer the French.

   
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And the term 'fount' didn't appear once.
True. "Fount" was a common alternate spelling at one time, at least in the UK, but no longer, so I am not worrying about that one.

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One interesting thing about Chinese (and Japanese) fonts is that although they sometimes come in families with a range of weights, they don't generally have separate italic or oblique fonts.

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I'm doing a survey on how people use terms such as "font" and "typeface," and I'd appreciate more input.

See my blog for details: http://www.thomasphinney.com/2009/02/font-name/

Cheers,

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Thanks for posting this link, Thomas. The survey made me realize my thinking on some of this terminology was less thorough than I had thought. I'm not sure all my answers would be the same if I took the survey again. When the results of your survey are in, I hope you will post your suggestions on how precise our distinctions should be.
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"Fount" was a common alternate spelling at one time, at least in the UK
The list of words that are usually spelled differently in England and in the USA (Canadian spelling is too difficult to know in advance) is almost endless—and that is not neccesarily the good Dr Webster's fault. But on reading the comments on your survey (I did the survey before there were any comments—honest!), I was amused to find someone objecting to font because that was what you found in church; he probably had his tongue in his cheek, but that didn't prevent someone else from posting an indignant reply (I don't think it was from a Baptist).

   
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