Complete Manual of Typography

ISBN-10: 0321127307

ISBN-13: 9780321127303

Edition: 2003

Authors: James Felici

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With traditional type shops gone the way of the typewriter, the knowledge base that resided there is fast disappearing as well. It's not surprising, then, that when James Felici began writing a type column for Adobe's Web site, he was asked repeatedly to recommend a book that could answer these questions. But nothing fit the bill. Design books, yes, but no broad historical and practical reference about typesetting. This, is that book. Presented in a beautifully illustrated design format, The Big Type Book is the ultimate typesetting reference for publishing pros and educators. Part One of the book, Typographic Basics, moves from the first typesetting and printing systems all the way to the digital age. Included are chapters on the history and evolution of type, typefaces and fonts, setting type on personal computers, and more. Part Two, How to Set Type, gets down to the nitty-gritty with step-by-step instructions in all aspects of typesetting--from setting line length, point size, and letting, to kerning and tracking, nonstandard type treatments, and more. Beginners will want to read The Big Type Book from cover to cover, while more experienced type pros can go straight to the index to find focused answers to specific questions. For anyone who deals with type-publishing professionals, educators, students, and more--The Big Type Book provides historical perspective, practical guidance, and focused solutions.
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Book details

List price: $55.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Adobe Press
Publication date: 9/26/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 8.00" wide x 10.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.628
Language: English

Typographic Basics
The State of the Art and How We Got Here
The Building Blocks of Type
Evolution and Automation
Desktop Publishing Alters the Rules
Output Resolution and Type Quality
Units of Typographic Measurement
Absolute Measurements
Relative Units
Other Units of Measure
About Typefaces
Definitions: Font versus Typeface
Type Design and the Em Square
Type Anatomy
Optical Aspects of Typeface Design
Size Changes Everything
Principal Features of Typefaces
Typefaces as Role Players: Text, Display, and Decorative
Classifying Typefaces by Historical Period
Typeface-Naming Issues
About Fonts
The Two Basic Kinds of Fonts: Outline and Bitmapped
What's in a Font?
Cross-Platform Font-Compatibility Issues
Finding the Characters You Need
Identifying Font Formats
The Basics of Font Management
Font-Editing Programs
The Basics of Using Typefaces
Traditional Roles for Seriffed and Sans Serif Types
Expressing Emphasis
Uses for Condensed and Extended Faces
Using Display Type
Using Decorative Type
Type in Color
Typesetting versus Typewriting
Page Sizes and Line Lengths
Word Spaces
Line Endings and Carriage Returns
Typeface Choice and Point Size
Unavailable Characters
Setting Type on a Personal Computer
Typesetting and the Word Processing Legacy
How Operating Systems Manage Fonts
Font Embedding
Font Copyright Issues
What Makes Good Type Good (and Bad Type Bad)
Legibility and Readability
Type Color
Optical Effects and Alignment Problems
The Eyes Have It
How to Set Type
Measure, Point Size, and Leading
Line Length, or Measure
Typeface-Specific Considerations
Controlling Hyphenation and Justification
What Hyphenation and Justification Means
Controlling Word and Letter Spaces
Controlling Hyphenation
How Measure Affects H&J
Specifying Word-Space Ranges in Ragged-Margin Type
Specifying Word-Space Ranges in Text with Justified Margins
Specifying Letter-Space Ranges
Altering Character Widths during H&J
Testing Your H&J Values
Fixing and Avoiding Composition Problems
Aesthetic Rags
Kerning and Tracking
Definitions: Kerning and Tracking
Kerning in Practice
Using Tracking Controls
Managing Indention and Alignment
Kinds of Indents
Skews and Wraps
Alignments of Characters and Text Blocks
Visual Alignment
Special Characters and Special Situations
Extended Character Sets
Small Capitals
Old-Style Numbers
Ligatures, Logotypes, and Diphthongs
Swash Characters
Superiors, Inferiors, and Ordinals
Points of Ellipsis
Common Pi Characters
Accented Characters
Character-Specific Spacing Issues
Initial Capitals
Document Structures and Typographic Conventions
Structural Elements
Navigation Tools
Independent Text Units
The Structure of Tables
Table-Setting Techniques
Faking It
Language-Specific Issues
Character Sets
Time Expressions
Currency Symbols
British English versus American English
French Typographic Conventions
Spanish Typographic Conventions
Italian Typographic Conventions
German Typographic Conventions
Typesetting with Style Sheets
How Style Sheets Work
Creating Style Sheets
Using Style Sheets
Output-Resolution Issues
The Advantages of High-Resolution Output
Type Onscreen
Typography and the World Wide Web
Further Reading
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