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How do I say "typeface" in Latin?

How do I say "typeface" (that is "font family") in Latin? The Wikipedia page is translated under the title "Typus" but there is a banner saying "Latinitas huius rei ...
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What were the typographical rules for the title pages of New Latin books?

Many New Latin book title pages look like the following: What are the rules or at least the habits followed for which part of the title is either italicized, capitalized, etc.? I guess it has ...
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Word for "centered" page as opposed to "recto/verso" pairs

In bookmaking, in a left-to-right-reading language such as English, the terms rēctō (folium rēctum) and versō (folium versum) are used to differentiate the right-hand and left-hand pages of an open ...
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What do brackets and italics mean?

Editions of classical literature often contain words in brackets and (less frequently) in italics. For example, let's open a Bibliotheca Teubneriana edition of Cicero: M. Tullii Ciceronis orationes in ...
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Why is tonos (sometimes) rendered different from oxia?

Now cross-posted to Graphic Design SE, as per the discussion in chat. In the question ‘What is the difference between the accent on q and the accent on semicolon?’, Joonas Ilmavirta suggested I ask a ...
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What is a good font for both Latin with diacritics and polytonic Greek

Previous questions and outline of needs Several questions have been asked, especially for polytonic Greeek – especially ‘What are popular fonts for polytonic Greek?’ and ‘Greek font with legible ...
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On the Windows polytonic Greek keyboard, what is the difference between the accent on q and the accent on semicolon?

Background In the very helpful document ‘Typing ancient (polytonic) Greek in a Windows environment’, there is a noticable difference between the accent shown where the English keyboard Q key is, as ...
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Encoding abbreviated 'quod' in Unicode

This example comes from a 16th century treatise printed in Poland. It's known from a published transcription that it means 'quod'. The question is what is the last character of the abbreviation. On ...
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What is "formatting" in Latin?

I would like to adapt the proverb dē gustibus nōn est disputandum ("there's no accounting for taste") to refer to formatting—the layout of text on a page, the font selection, the use of ...
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Did any other letters than sigma ever have separate end-of-word variants?

In a comment to my recent question on the origin of the two forms of sigma, Rafael pointed out that in Arabic most letters have separate forms for initial, middle, and final positions. However, in ...
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(Greek) Stylized Alpha

Are those triangular tripods merely highly stylised Alpha's? Or are they Alpha-Upsilon digraphs? (Sorry, the websites didn't give the explanation of where the photos were taken.)
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Is there a word for a typo?

Yesterday in our chat it turned out that we didn't know a Latin word for a typo(graphical error). For example, I typed lingarum instead of linguarum. What would be a Latin word to describe a mistyped ...
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Is this printing style common in Latin books?

I was studying this book and it surprised me that the bottom right of every page includes the first syllable (?) of the next page's first word. An example below (Leges, Quif): Following my ...
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Is it possible to have a single Latin ligature be majuscule and minuscule?

Context The Latin grapheme: "Œ" is the majuscule ligature of the letters "O" and "E". Is it proper—or in-fact possible—to have part of the ligature be majuscule and the other part be minuscule?
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M N U V confusion in textura

I have two transcription problems in a glossed Genesis from southern France. The topic is the double Creation of Man narrative. The first problem is caused by the similarity of u m n v in the script. ...
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Latin ligature "qz"?

I'm wondering what is that ligature: The closest on the Wikipedia's list of ligatures would be "qp" but it doesn't look exactly like that.
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On two types of S in a text from 1759

I ended up studying this poem last year: This is a congratulatory poem in a dissertation at the Academy of Turku from 1759. It is on page 4 of the full dissertation. I also published an English ...
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