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Do ligatures improve readability? When I ask this I am thinking of ff fl fi etc rather than st or ct the later being a little distracting I think. I ask this because I had been thinking as an article of faith you might say that certain ligatures ( assuming a ligature design that is not showy or attention getting ) simply did make better word forms and hence generally speaking better & more pleasant immersive reading.
But think about it again I realize that all I have is my gut for this.
What do you guys think?
BTW: Here are some threads & links with related info/ideas. They don't actually deal withis question directly but they are ligature related.