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Chapter 5. Fonts > Typesetting Terminology

Typesetting Terminology

Typesetting terminology is a difficult field. No universally accepted system for classifying fonts exists, and many of the terms in use mean different things to different people. Traditional printing terminology and that used in desktop publishing and Web design don’t always agree.

The word “type” is derived from the Greek word typos, which means “impression” and “shape.” Today, “type” refers to letters and other symbols that create words and sentences.


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