DTP


 
Lively discussions on the graphic arts and publishing — in print or on the web


Go Back   Desktop Publishing Forum > General Discussions > Fonts & Typography

 
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Prev Previous Post   Next Post Next
Old 11-15-2007, 04:35 PM   #8
Michael Rowley
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Ipswich (the one in England)
Posts: 5,105
Default

KT:

Quote:
George lives in the U.S.
Yes, he presumably does, and I was only qualifying your statement in so far as 'most designers' meant most designers in the USA (and Canada?).

Quote:
IBM actually adopted that standard first
I hadn't heard that before, probably because Adobe's Postscript made the pica point more or less universal, even in countries that used to use the Didot system, which was also based on the fairly simple relationship to one inch—though it was on the former Paris inch that was taken as the standard.

I think the older American 'point' was a mistaken attempt to relate a foot measurement to a metre measurement, which was fashionable in the nineteenth century. It was only the desire to make US automobile parts compatible with UK automobile parts that led to the joint US/UK definition of an inch as 2.54 cm exactly.

   
__________________
Michael
Michael Rowley is offline   Reply With Quote
 

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -8. The time now is 10:17 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.9
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Contents copyright 2004–2014 Desktop Publishing Forum and its members.