Aw: Re: Ligatures in the text

Cuyahoga Falls cuyfalls at
Fri Oct 23 17:25:54 UTC 2020

If you want to really get sucked in and obsessed, check our Robert 
Bringhurst's book, Elements of Typographic Style.


On 10/23/2020 12:00 PM, Rich Shepard wrote:
> On Fri, 23 Oct 2020, Virgil Arrington wrote:
>> For what it's worth, Palatino was designed in such a way that it doesn't
>> need "f" ligatures. Ligatures are used because the "f" clashes with the
>> next letter. When Hermann Zapf designed Palatino, he designed the "f" in
>> such a way that it doesn't clash into following letters; hence the "f"
>> ligature isn't needed. This appears to be true as well of the various
>> Palatino clones out there, such as Tex Gyre Pagella, URW Palladio, Book
>> Antiqua, etc.
> Virgil,
> Thanks for the typography lesson. I read a couple of books on typography
> about 25 years ago when I started using LaTeX/LyX for writing that leaves
> the office. Palatino is my default typeface and I never noticed the 
> lack of
> "f" ligatures, only how attractive and easy to read it is.
> Stay well,
> Rich

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