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Sorts

The letters that lie in every box of the case are separately called Sorts in Printers and Founders language; thus, a is a sort, b is a sort, c is a sort, &c. — M.

In houses that have more founts than one of the same sized letter, it would preserve uniformity in the appearance of their work, if the following sorts were all of the same fount in the same sized type, particularly in lists of names, indexes, and articles that run on sorts, as by that means all the sorts in the office might be brought into use, when necessary, which would frequently be of great advantage, both for the convenience of the printer and the appearance of the work: under the present plan, where every fount varies in its proportions and appearance, the printer, in the before-mentioned cases, is put to a great inconvenience and expense, or else has to spoil the appearance of his work by mixing the founts. The adoption of this plan would also be of advantage to the type founder.

  • Figures and fractions.
  • Metal rules and braces.
  • Points — , ; : . ! ? ( [ and references * † ‡ § || ¶.
  • Superiors, and the pound £.

The following additional sorts would also be found useful, and conduce to the more regular appearance of printing.

  • Accented capitals and small capitals.
  • Capital and small capital Ç ç.
  • Points to superiors — , ; : . '
  • The Spanish ñ.

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