The Quest for a Monotype Computer Interface
Started by Bill Nairn, January 12, 2013, 09:16:30 AM
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QuoteIn France, Didot produced a type in 1819 that was 2 1/2 points. The type was so small that it was cast 100 letters at a time. In the 1870s the Salmin brothers from Padua, Italy developed a 2 point type called "fly's eye", which damaged the eyesight of both the compositor and corrector. In 1895 Theodore Low de Vinne published a book that used a 3 1/2 point type called "Brilliants". Today the smallest type available is 5 point on a 6 point body, but the way the typeface fits can make it seem even smaller.
QuotePage sixty-eight of Theodore Low DeVinne's "Plain Printing Types" 1914, states......Yet there is a text-type even smaller. In 1827 Henri Didot of Paris, then sixty-six years old, cut with his own hands a font of type on the body of 2-1/2 points by the Didot system, which he called "microscopique." Twenty-five lines of this type apparently fill the space of on American inch.A later paragraph states...These types are wonderful as evidence of skill; but they are of slight value in the practice of printing.