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Numbers in Graphic Design by Roger Fawcett-Tang

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Appendix Rules+Detailing

Rules + Detailing

09.1.1 Non-lining numerals (Old-style figures)

09.1.2 Monospace and Tabulation

Index

Acknowledgements

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09.1.1 Rules + Detailing: Non-lining numerals

Non-lining numerals or old-style figures are traditionally used within body text. Illustrated in figure 01 is some sample text set with lining numerals; the numbers tend to jump out of the text as though they were set in capitals. Figure 02 shows the same text set with non-lining numerals (old-style figures). In this example the numbers follow the same rhythm as the body text and work far more harmoniously.

The elegant details of non-lining numerals are often ...

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