Le 27 octobre 2006 04:33, John W. Kennedy a ˝─rit :

> F. Senault wrote:
>> Le 26 octobre 2006 02:04, Rick DeNatale a ˝─rit :
>> 
>>> I've heard that accents were dropped on capital letters because
>>> accented capitals weren't commonly available on typewriters.  
>> 
>> That was my understanding too.
> 
> No, it goes back at least to the 18th century, to my certain knowledge, 
> long before typewriters were invented. The typefaces just weren't 
> designed with the extra room on top, and no one seems to have thought of 
> (or rejected on aesthetic grounds) shrinking the letters a bit to fit 
> the accent in.

Colour me very surprised.  I'd add that I could find more references to
my hypothesis than yours on the web, but not being a specialist, I'll
just stay dubitative.

Now, we're still way off topic for this, so, if you have some pointers
to add or wish to continue the conversation, my email address is valid
(if heavily protected against spam).

Fred
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