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The complete manual of typography : a guide to setting perfect type
Felici, James.
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Publication Information:
Berkeley, Calif. : Peachpit Press, [2003]

Physical Description:
xx, 360 pages, 1 unnumbered page : illustrations ; 26 cm
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Z250 .F448 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
Z250 .F448 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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"The ultimate typographic tool: a concise, beautiful book that pulls together everything you need to produce great typography."
--Frank Romano, RIT School of Print Media

"Clear and elegant...There's no better or more useful introduction to the whole craft of typography."
--Roger Black, Danilo Black, Inc.

"All you've always wanted to know about type and typography but never dared to ask. Jim Felici brings together a vast amount of knowledge in this book. Must-have!"
--Erik Spiekermann, author, Stop Stealing Sheep (and Find Out How Type Works)

This book is about how type should look and how to make it look that way; in other words, how to set type like a professional. It releases the craft knowledge that used to reside almost exclusively in the heads of people working in type shops. The shops are gone, the technologies have changed, but the goal remains the same. This book explains in very practical terms how to use today's computerized tools to achieve that secret of good design: well-set type.

Beautifully designed and richly illustrated, The Complete Manual of Typography is an essential reference for anyone who works with type. Designers, print production professionals, and corporate communications managers can go straight to the index to find focused answers to specific questions, while educators and students can read it as a textbook from cover to cover. You'll find:

History, basic concepts, and anatomy of good typography, concisely presented and indexed for quick reference by busy professionals. Straight-ahead instructions for how to manage fonts, handle corrupted or missing fonts, and find the characters you need. Clear, useful explanations of what makes good type good (and bad type bad) . Detailed guidance on controlling the fundamentals of type, including measure, point size, leading, kerning, and hyphenation and justification. Practical advice on how to fix and avoid composition problems such as loose lines, bad rags, widows and orphans. Hard-to-find rules for managing indents and alignments, skews, wraps, expert-set characters, and tables. Scores of workarounds that show how to wring good type out of uncooperative word-processing and layout programs.

Author Notes

James Felici has worked in the publishing industry -- in both editorial and production -- for over 30 years. A veteran journalist and former managing editor of Publish magazine, he has set type by hand as well as on systems from IBM, Linotype, and others

Table of Contents

I Typographic Basics
1 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
2 Units of Typographic Measurement
Absolute Measurements
Relative Units
Other Units of Measure
3 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
4 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
5 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
6 Typesetting versus Typewriting
Pages Sizes and Line Lengths
Word Spaces
Line Endings and Carriage Returns
Typeface Choice and Point Size
Unavailable Characters
7 Setting Type on a Personal Computer
Typesetting and the Word Processing Legacy
How Operating Systems Manage Fonts
Font Embedding
Font Copyright Issues
8 What Make Good Type Good (and Bad Type Bad)
Legibility and Readability
Type Color
Optical Effects and Alignment Problems
The Eyes Have It
II How to Set Type
9 Measure, Point Size, and Leading
Line Length, or Measure
Typeface-Specific Considerations
10 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
11 Kerning and Tracking
Definitions: Kerning and Tracking
Kerning in Practice
Using Tracking Controls
12 Managing Indention and Alignment
Kinds of Indents
Skews and Wraps
Alignments of Characters and Text Blocks
Visual Alignment
13 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
14 Document Structures and Typographic Conventions
Structural Elements
Navigation Tools
Independent Text Units
15 Tables
The Structure of Tables
Table-Setting Techniques
Faking It
16 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
17 Typesetting with Style Sheets
How Style Sheets Work
Creating Style Sheets
Using Style Sheets
18 Output-Resolution Issues
The Advantages of High-Resolution Output
Type Onscreen
Typography and the World Wide Web
Further Reading