Appropriate use of ligatures

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Lukáš Novák's picture
Joined: 6 May 2013 - 8:13am
Appropriate use of ligatures

Dear typophiles,

do you have some ideas on the appropriate use of ligatures like æ and œ? If I decide to use them in cases like "mediæval" or "œuvre", how much consistent should I be in forcing this spelling in quotations, in titles of various works (for example, if an article is cited which is titled "Sets Are Haecceities" (thus spelled), should I retain the digraph or should I force the ligature on it? Likewise, when transcribing Latin, should I keep the original spelling in the sources (and their titles), or should I unify it to my style?

Thanks for your ideas,


Hrant H Papazian's picture
Joined: 3 May 2000 - 11:00am

I think this is more of a linguistic issue than a typographic one.

Except maybe for one small thing: beware Italic fonts have an "æ" that looks too much like an "œ".