More glossary entries

In recent posts I seem to be throwing a lot of terms about, so here are a few definitions.

Note that I have added a Glossary page to this blog where all such terms will be aggregated.

Diacritical marks

Accents and other modifiers to the standard roman alphabet, in earlier times (before modern Open Type fonts) often detested by publishers for the difficulty of typesetting these correctly.

Font

(1) In common usage (and how it is used in this blog, and in our book), a typeface/type family. (2) More properly, the full set of characters of a typeface in a specific style (indeed, in earlier times, with specific weights), e.g. Baskerville semibold italic. A key feature of the digital revolution in publishing has been the huge advances in typographical design, not least the development of Open Type fonts.

Type family

(1) In common usage and how it is used in this blog (and in our book), a font. (2) Correctly speaking, a group of fonts belonging to the same typeface.

Type style

(1) Typeface variants like roman/regular, italic and bold. (2) The full character set of a typeface in a particular style, i.e. properly speaking a font.

Typeface

(1) In common usage and how it is used in this book, a font. (2) Correctly speaking, a set or family of one or more fonts designed with stylistic unity and a consistent visual appearance (hence Arial is a typeface with several fonts including bold and italic).

Typesetting

The work involved in taking text and illustrative material and laying it out on the page ready for printing.

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