De Vinne Accent Case

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éèêë    ÉÈÊË    ÉÈÊË   
íìîï    ÍÌÎÏ    ÍÌÎÏ   
óòôö õ  ÓÒÔÖ Õ  ÓÒÔÖ Õ 
úùûü    ÚÙÛÜ    ÚÙÛÜ   
csz Qñ  Ç    Ñ  Ç    Ñ 
y  y                   

This U.S. typecase lay is shown by De Vinne: The Practice of Typography - Modern Methods of Book Composition (1904 and 1914). He recommends that accents should be laid in the same order in the row, and in the same sequence of letters down the rows, but that empty boxes can be used for longs, shorts, and Danish, etc., accents. In the lay shown, some letters have had to omit their accents. The a and Q should have a long accent, the c should have an acute, the s a grave and the z a circumflex, and the y on the left should have one dot, and on the right have two dots. (De Vinne shows the c acute rather than ç, although Ç and Ç are present. Also, the Q long is unusual). Lower case, caps and small caps are kept in separate divisions. Italics are in a separate Italic case, but follow the same order of letter and accent. His lay for italic shows ç and not c acute, and omits the long a, å and accented s z Q and y. ATF, by comparison, show a Dearing Accent Case based on a quintuple case, and thus having both roman and italic in the one case.

The empty configuration is the Triple of Harpel (1870), etc.

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This page was written in 2008 by David Bolton and last updated 14 April 2009.