[EversonMono] Is something wrong with Everson Mono's oblique?
hospes.primus at verizon.net
Wed Nov 24 22:43:20 GMT 2010
Historically, italic was a style of type created during the Renaissance,
based on the best handwriting of the Italian humanists (hence the name
"italics"). If you take a calligraphy pen and hold it as right-handed
people usually do, with the nib slanted at 40 degrees or so, and write
nicely, you'll get something like italic. It was originally a
standalone style; entire books were set in it. Later on, as Adam said,
the custom became established of using italic as a companion face to
If you carefully compare an oblique (an "italic" version of a sans-serif
font such as Arial) to a true italic, you will see the differences
between the two. Italic is a companion to serifed roman faces; oblique
is a companion to sans-serif faces, being simply a slanted version
without the calligraphic touches that characterize italic. It is true
that italics developed from the handwriting of the humanists, but it is
a traditional style on its own and not to be confused with the
"handwriting" fonts such as Comic Sans.
The fact that you apply "italics" to a serif or sans-serif font in your
word processor by pressing control-I or something obscures the
difference for many people.
On 11/24/2010 4:09 PM, H. Chris Gast wrote:
>> Oblique vs Italic
> I would just ask a maybe silly question: Why is there any difference
> between italic and oblique?
> In italic the letter a differs from the normal a. But why does this
> difference in our times still exists?
> When I want a "a" like in handwriting, I would use a font with handwriting?
> In Wikipedia I didn't find the reason.
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