As I'm sure is the case with most of you, my notebook is randomly filled with various bugs and hiccups that I try to remind myself to scan for when starting work on a new book. The problem, of course, is that these hints & nudges are spread out all over the place. For a while now I've been meaning to compile these notes, and an upcoming wayzgoose has prompted me to put them together either as a chapbook or a series of broadsheets. However, I know that the list I've gathered is cursory and incomplete at best, so I wondered if anyone wanted to add their favourite quirks.
This list obviously isn't absolute, as various spacing and kerning issues will be different from one face to another. The idea was/is simply to put together a list of things to look for with each project.
The list has nothing really to do with layout: that is, I haven't put in anything about leading or sizing or H&J settings, etc. This is purely about typesetting issues, such as what to place on either side of an en-dash or how to handle singe-quotes inside double-quotes.
Also, at the moment the list is specific to the house-style used at greenboathouse books, a small press I started up a while back. This means many of you will likely have different opinions about many of the setting "rules" I have in the list. Hopefully what I have listed doesn't make anyone too crazy.
While I'm curious and eager to hear different takes on different bugs, I'm primarily interested in the many details the list is currently missing entirely.
I realize some out there may not be too eager to give away their secrets, so if you're the quiet type, I understand completely. But for those of you willing to share, please post anything that comes to mind.
At the moment I've set the list without much hoopla, designing it primarily with a letterpress setting in mind, so it's a fairly humble looking PDF at the moment.
While this idea started out as a potential reference tool for my students, really it just seems like a good exercise, and while I was at it I thought some of you might like to stretch your muscles a bit as well.
I look forward to anything you might have to offer...
Here's the link: A Typographer's Checklist (so far).