New to Typophile? Accounts are free, and easy to set up.
Eng or engma (majuscule: Ŋ, minuscule: ŋ) is a letter of the Latin alphabet, used to represent a velar nasal (as in English singing) in the written form of some languages and in the International Phonetic Alphabet.
Lowercase eng is derived from n with the addition of a hook to the right leg, somewhat like that of j. The uppercase has two variants: it can be based on the usual uppercase N, with a hook added (or "N-form"); or it can be an enlarged version of the lowercase (or "n-form"). The former is preferred in Sami languages that use it, the latter in African languages.
Early printers, lacking a specific glyph for eng, sometimes approximated it by rotating a capital G, or by substituting a Greek eta (η) for it.
A classic workhorse typeface, a workhorse typeface or just a workhorse are descriptions given to a font tool that performs dependably (i.e., trustworthy and reliable) under heavy or prolonged use.
In a nutshell, a font is a workhorse if it performs well whether it is used in a few paragraphs or in a 600-pages novel.
A workhorse- or “easy-to-use”- type means that no matter what size, leading, letter-spacing, etc., the setting just “feels” right. It looks professional, it looks appropriate.
Metal type: A complete set of type of one size and face.
Digital: A software file which contains a set of encoded glyph shapes that may be used by a layout application to create typography.
"Legibility" is based on the ease with which one letter can be told from the other. "Readability" is the ease with which the eye can absorb the message and move along the line.
--from ‘Types of Typefaces,’ by J. Ben Lieberman, 1967
Whether this distinction reflects an underlying difference in reality is controversial. For some of the controversy see:
Relative measure between thick and thin strokes of a letterform.
Originally produced by the angle of the brush or pen nib, contrast was retained through the advent of mechanical type design and greatly exaggerated in the work of Didot and Bodoni. It was later almost completely eradicated in sans serif designs of the early twentieth century.
Pangrams are short passages that include all 26 characters of the alphabet. They're commonly used to help users of the font quickly assess a character set. They may also be useful to designers in the process of designing their own work but they are too compact for a more thorough assessment. Perhaps the most common pangram is The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.
Boxer M. Tyson packs his bags with Jay-Z DVDs, Quik, Holyfield's ear. -- BJ Harvey
Typophile Boxing! Papazian jousts with quaking, anonymous detractor. Fight at eleven. -- Joe Pemberton
Lining figures, or ranging figures, are numerals which share a common height. Lining figures are often titling figures, however they may be smaller and lighter than titling figures. Unfortunately, lining figures are the default figure style in most digital fonts where text figures would be more appropriate. However, this problem can be remedied in OpenType fonts which may offer several sets of figures to be used in different types of settings. Sometimes indicated as LF in the font's name.