Re: Uppercase ß is coming? (U+1E9E)

From: John Hudson (
Date: Mon May 07 2007 - 15:34:08 CDT

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    Asmus wrote:

    > and the general trend in
    > bicameral systems is to have 1:1 correspondence, including the addition
    > of missing forms

    A trend that generates very considerable problems in typeface design. When letters have no
    written history, they have no evolutionary path to specific typographic forms. It is very,
    very difficult to produce convincing and harmonious letterforms under these conditions, as
    I have found when designing the 'missing' archaic Greek upper- or lowercase forms.

    Having spent the last half hour sketching uppercase eszett forms based on trying to
    crowbar the lowercase form into the proportions of uppercase letters, I'm inclined to
    think that this is a thoroughly rotten approach to creating an uppercase letter.
    Relatively few Latin uppercase letters look like big versions of their lowercase
    counterparts, and there are sound graphic reasons for this that can be deduced from

    John Hudson

    Tiro Typeworks
    Gulf Islands, BC
    We say our understanding measures how things are,
    and likewise our perception, since that is how we
    find our way around, but in fact these do not measure.
    They are measured.   -- Aristotle, Metaphysics

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