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Re: typography question



Anyone still remember to dot our i's and cross our t's ?
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-----Original Message-----
From: Gregory Fisk and Tanya DiMaggio <anthill@FASTBAND.COM>
To: BOOK_ARTS-L@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU
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Date: Friday, December 10, 1999 11:39 AM
Subject: typography question


>For all you printers out there:
>I'm a librarian in a suburban public library. We had a
patron today asking
>what the "dot" over the lowercase "i" is called. We looked
in the
>typography and calligraphy books that we have. Our
resources in these areas
>are limited. I did find a reference to it in the good old
encyclopedia
>(Enyclopedia Americana). It was referred to as a "dot". Is
it just called a
>dot, or is there any other fancy name for it? The
explanation in the
>encyclopedia for its development is that it was introduced
in the middle
>ages to distinuish the i from m, n, and u since all used
similar strokes.
>The patron seemed satisfied with this. However, the
reference staff is
>curious. I thought I read somewhere (?) the dot called by
another name.
>Thank you for your wisdom! Tanya
>
>Gregory Fisk
>and Tanya DiMaggio
>anthill@fastband.com
>
>
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