Fontology



(XEROX PARC) The body of knowledge dealing with the construction and use of new fonts (e.g. for window systems and typesetting software). It has been said that fontology recapitulates file-ogeny.
Unfortunately, this reference to the embryological dictum that “Ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny” is not merely a joke. On the Macintosh, for example, System 7 has to go through contortions to compensate for an earlier design error that created a whole different set of abstractions for fonts parallel to “files” and “folders” – ESR
[Jargon File]
(1994-12-01)

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