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Old 09-26-2009, 01:51 PM   #9
Michael Rowley
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Originally Posted by ktinkel View Post
Except for a literary supplement, I doubt a newspaper will have much use for small caps (or oldstyle figures, for that matter).
Don't they? I suppose not; but I should have thought that non-lining numerals were far better than lining numerals in newspaper text, which tends to be in the smaller sizes. I find these days that I can't easily distinguish the difference between 8 and 9 in many typefaces that use lining numerals. Incidentally, Georgia is one of the few fonts where non-lining numerals are the default.

Who started the custom of calling non-lining numerals 'old style'? lining numerals were very uncommon at the beginning of the nineteenth century, when old-style numerals were the usual arabic numerals that had been perfectly satisfactory for nearly four hundred years.

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