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It seems that typography is dying as technology advances. While all the fancy new computers mean that people won’t dare to print and publish things that are written on a typewriter these days, it also means that they’ll happily print and publish anything the machine puts together – disregarding decades, or rather centuries, of typographical experience and knowledge.

Because of that I am usually quite happy to see books in which the typography doesn’t suck and which indulge in less common techniques such as hanging punctuation or even ‘hanging’ letters at the beginning of the line that make the left margin look more straight by making it less straight…

Photo of the left margin of a page in a book with a 'hanging' T and W

Hmmmm.

Bonus points for figuring out which book this is from using that tiny sample.

February 21, 2006, 1:06

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