By Rosemary Sassoon
"Computers and Typography" bridges the space among these within the box of desktops and people excited about typography. It units out to elevate wisdom of the significance of letterforms and format. The separate chapters, written by way of overseas experts of their box, pressure that the teachings realized in 5 centuries of printing are nonetheless suitable this present day, and shouldn't be overlooked. this can be a priceless source for all focused on layout and instructing, and everybody whose paintings consists of textual content.
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Reproducing these often complex writing systems in print, usually by processes originally designed for Latin types, has always presented a challenge; and the legacy of earlier typefounding practices is evident in today’s fonts. 1 There is evidence of a smith and alchemist, Bi Sheng, producing movable clay types in China in 1045 AD. The succeeding centuries have seen the reproduction of different writing systems in print by means of wood, porcelain, stone, metal, and more recently, ﬁlm. But current digital font technology and typesetting software probably affords the greatest opportunity to faithfully render non-Latin scripts in readable, high-quality typeforms.
Are there many dyslexic people in Japan? A23. There are some, but I guess they are very few. I believe so because I haven’t come across information about dyslexia in Japan regarded as such a big social issue. I suspect there are as many dyslexic people in Japan as in UK, but they happily escape from being diagnosed as such. They simply don’t have to know their potential problem by living in a particular environment, one with Kanji in this case. There is an interesting fact: as a result of accident or apoplexy like illness causing the brain damage, there are some Japanese patients who have lost their reading ability, but partially!
Composition would be another hell, wouldn’t it? A26. It’s true. That was how they did it until letterpress printing was gradually (or rapidly) replaced with photo-typesetting and offset-litho process over two decades, and virtually ceased to exist by the mid 1980s. Western letterpress printing was introduced to Japan in the mid 19th century, so that they were doing such absurd things for over a century. Q27. Were there Japanese private presses in these foolish old days? A27. I don’t think there had been any of that kind if I think about it – the size of an English type case for jobbing work is approximately 80 x 40 cm, but the equivalent for a Japanese one would be three or four cases, the size of a large door.
Computers and Typography by Rosemary Sassoon