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Old 05-01-2006, 09:17 AM   #1
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Default ‘font’ vs ‘fount’

In Simon Loxley’s Type: The Secret History of Letters I found this interesting footnote with at least a pragmatic solution to the question posed here recently:
When referring to pre-digital type technology, I have used the traditional English spelling, ‘fount’, and thereafter the now completely dominant American form, ‘font’. Originally a ‘fount’ referred to a complete set of characters in one design, and in just one size, but is used here in the modern wider sense synonymous with ‘typeface’ — a single alphabet design irrespective of size.

   
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