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Tardieu, Michel

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Libération - France | 17/02/2006

The future of typography

A group of writers and professors express their alarm at the dispersal of the heritage of the National Printing House and, in particular, its type library. "France boasts a real treasure, but has no idea what to do with it! We regard it merely as a treasure of the past, while it is actually our future that is at stake here. Typography is about a lot more than just printers ... Our screens are legible thanks to typography, and typographic knowledge is necessary for anyone who wants to successfully create a Web page. Multilingual Internet mail services (even via Unicode) are all about typographic encoding. ... In the absence of an ambitious plan, what fate might befall this heritage? We would witness collections of printing stamps and matrices dating back four centuries, being dispersed among European Printing Museums."

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