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Re: p's and q's revisited

You know, you even added a bit of drama to your explanation, which made it
all the more exciting...thank you.

>Picture this: a California Job Case -- a big shallow drawer
>divided into many dozen little compartments (89).  Each compartment
>is for a symbol in the font you are using: one compartment for
>all the 'e's, one for all the '&'s, etc.  Each piece of lead
>in this case is called a sort.
>As you compose your text, you use up these sorts.  Maybe you
>started with 40 'a's.  After you have composed enough text
>to use up all those 'a's, you can not compose another word
>using an 'a'. You are OUT OF SORTS.  (you know the feeling?)
>The work around is to put in another sort of the same width
>as the missing character upside down (showing the "feet" of
>the sort, not the replacement character).  When you can free
>up your sorts, you swap in the needed character.
>        David.
>Jennifer Vignone wrote:
>> Hey--can you give the background on this too?? ("out of sorts") I would
>> love to know what the derivation of this is...thanks.
>> jennifer
>> >
>> >Also, printing is where "out of sorts" comes from too!
>> >Regards,
>> >
>> >        David Macfarlane,
>> >        Green Dolphin Press.
>> >        www.greendolphinpress.com

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