Dictionary Lower Case

   z     j     ?     !     '     k        e         1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8  
xbcd isf gfi9
vlmnh oypw,;:
uthair4-em3-emena remquads

This U.S. typecase configuration is shown by De Vinne: The Practice of Typography, Modern Methods of Book Composition (1904 and 1914) as a re-arrangement of the normal lower case, moving the spacing into adjacent boxes, for example. This considerably speeded up the work of the compositor, especially when setting dictionaries and their like. Note that the case does not contain fl ffi or ffl, which presumably have to be in the upper case.

The empty case configuration is Dictionary Lower.

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ie with the boxes left blank
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This page was written in 2008 by David Bolton and last updated 16 April 2009.