Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Case Study

The other day as I was reading about the explosion of print culture in the mid-seventeenth century, I came across the origin of the terms 'upper case' and 'lower case'. In a seventeenth century printer's shop, the arrangement of letters was organized so that the compositor could locate all the letters necessary by reflex - and invariably the capital letters were in a tray higher on his desk than the uncapitalized ones.

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