14.0154 Latin abbreviation font

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       [1] From: Andrew Hawke <ach@aber.ac.uk> (33)
             Subject: Re: 14.0146 Latin abbreviation font?

       [2] From: tsherman <tsherman@mtsu.edu> (18)
             Subject: RE: 14.0146 Latin abbreviation font?

        [3] From: Han Baltussen
    <han.baltussen@kcl.ac.uk> (13)
                    Subject: Re: correction 14.0146 Latin abbreviation font?

             Date: Tue, 08 Aug 2000 21:26:24 +0100
             From: Andrew Hawke <ach@aber.ac.uk>
             Subject: Re: 14.0146 Latin abbreviation font?

    There is an excellent digital typography house in Vancouver run by John
    Hudson which offers a number of fonts for scholars of a very high standard,
    including Latin abbreviation marks. See http://www.tiro.com/

    See in particular their 1530 Garamond Archaics, 'a set of medieval latin
    contractions as well as scholastic latin vowel indicators':


    The full set can be seen at:

    I believe that they can also undertake the creation of additional
    characters if required. These are professional commercial fonts with a
    commensurate price tag: but well worth the expense if you need to set many
    of these characters.

    Incidentally, they also have very good support for most Roman-based writing
    systems, which is how I first came across the company.

    Andrew Hawke

    At 10:57 07/08/00 +0100, Charles Faulhaber wrote:
    > Date: Mon, 07 Aug 2000 10:54:08 +0100
    > From: cbf@socrates.Berkeley.EDU
    > >
    >I am looking for a font that has the standard abbreviations used in
    >medieval writing systems that use the Latin alphabet, e.g., p with a bar
    >through the tail, all letters of the alphabet with a superimposed
    >abbreviation bar, the Tironian note, -ur, -us, and -rum signs, etc.
    >These are the sorts of things that one used to see in the old-fashinoned
    >catalogues of incunabula that attempted to offer type facsimiles.

    Andrew Hawke ach@aber.ac.uk (01970)627513 (+44)1970 627513 (fx627066)
    Golygydd Cynorthwyol/Rheolwr Systemau Asst. Editor/Systems Manager
    Geiriadur Prifysgol Cymru University of Wales Dictionary
    Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru National Library of Wales
                    Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 3HH, U.K.
                      URL: http://www.aber.ac.uk/geiriadur/

             Date: Tue, 08 Aug 2000 21:28:00 +0100
             From: tsherman <tsherman@mtsu.edu>
             Subject: RE: 14.0146 Latin abbreviation font?

    Try contacting Gary Stringer or Syd Connor at the University of Southern
    Mississippi. WE use those symbols in our transcriptions of texts for the Donne
    Variorum. Write me privately for their email addresses, or go to the Donne
    Variorum Website for contact information. The site address is:



    Ted Sherman


    Dr. Theodore James Sherman
    Editor, Mythlore
    Associate Professor of English
    Box X041, College of Liberal Arts
    Middle Tennessee State University
    Murfreesboro, TN  37132
    615 898-5836
    615 898-5098 FAX

    --[3]------------------------------------------------------------------ Date: Tue, 08 Aug 2000 21:27:08 +0100 From: Han Baltussen <han.baltussen@kcl.ac.uk> Subject: Re: correction 14.0146 Latin abbreviation font?

    I do not have the immediate answer, but I know of a nifty database which incorporates all medieval abbreviations. It's called *Abbreviationes* and it was made by Dr Olaf Pluta who is at the University of Nijmegen, Netherlands. If they are inthere there must be a way to use them electronically.

    For info on the software see http://www.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/philosophy/projects/abbrev.htm

    I suspect that Pluta knows the answer (pluta@phil.kun.nl)


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