[Humanist] 24.672 a palaeotypographical/palaeographical question

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Thu Jan 27 08:20:19 CET 2011

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 24, No. 672.
         Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Thu, 27 Jan 2011 07:15:20 +0000
        From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>
        Subject: palaeotypography and palaeography

A question for the few here in the know about the study of old letterforms.

An old friend is studying the relationship between the x-height of 
typographic letterforms and reading. In his pursuit of the question he's 
become interested in the x-height of handwritten forms, and so would 
like to know if anyone has done work in this area of palaeography. I 
imagine that as part of attempting to identify hands automatically, or 
to correlate mss images with transcriptions, data of the sort he could 
use might have been collected? Or is this just wishful thinking?

Thanks for any suggestions.

Willard McCarty, Professor of Humanities Computing,
King's College London, staff.cch.kcl.ac.uk/~wmccarty/;
Professor, Centre for Cultural Research, University of Western Sydney,
Editor, Humanist, www.digitalhumanities.org/humanist;
Editor, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews, www.isr-journal.org.

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