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Before & After by John McWade

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Chapter . Typography 101: Type is a tool: Learn how to use it properly, and your work improves.

When you italicize a word, should you also italicize the punctuation that follows it? What’s a ligature? Do certain characters really have ears?

Once such questions were the sole domain of typesetters and copy editors. Today, they’re your business. The answer to the first question can be found in the illustration below. For the answers to the other questions, read on.

But typographic issues are myriad. For answers to just about any question that might come up, consult one of these three books, long-time and reliable sources of information for editors: The Chicago Manual of Style; United States Government Printing Office Style Manual; and Words into Type ...

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