Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 12th Jan 2010 13:31 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces Every now and then on OSNews, we discuss typography and language. Despite the fact that many think it's not relevant for computing - it most certainly is. Whether you're browsing the web, reading email, or chatting over IM - the most common element on your computer screen is typography. Today, I want to discuss something we barely have in my native language: small capitals.
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Comment by iWill
by iWill on Tue 12th Jan 2010 18:12 UTC
iWill
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2009-12-16

Thom, I disagree that small caps are a distraction. If you look at the line of text here, you will see that they allow a seamless scan of the line. The font used is Garamond, which had a relatively high x-height which would cause severe impairment to scanning the line if normal caps were used.

<img src="http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p116/readred_2007/SCaps.png">...

Present browsers do not handle typography competently, although this facility will come one day.

Edited 2010-01-12 18:27 UTC

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RE: Comment by iWill
by Thom_Holwerda on Tue 12th Jan 2010 18:37 in reply to "Comment by iWill"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Does Garamond/small caps still look as good on smaller point sizes, though? It's easy to make a font look good at large sizes - it's the smaller sizes that I'm more interested in.

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