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Gary Smyth
>In printing, a roman style typeface developed in France at the express order of King Louis XIV, who, in 1692, directed that a typeface be designed at ANY necessary expense for the exclusive use of the royal printer. The design was the work, for several years, of a committee of the Academy of Sciences, whose members ignored old calligraphic models in favor of analytical and mathematical principles. The king’s designers (essentially engineers not artists) came up with the square originally divided into a grid of 64 units subdivided into 4096 tiny squares. The aim was to create typography letters. The lines of the letters were set in the lattice. The alphabet “Romain du Roi” (Kings Roman) anticipated the computer pixel by using a module of squares to structure letters using consistent thicknesses of the lines of the “font” grid. By using the module of squares it permitted the traditional shapes of thick and thin strokes to render them. By the way. The letters were reserved for the Imprimerie Royale and use by anyone else constituted a capital offense. The complete production amounted to 21 different sizes of roman and italic letters in 82 complete fonts. The set was finished in 1745. Further information if interested can be found under Romain du Roi on any search engine.

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