Re: [R] Categorizing Fonts using Statistical Methods

From: Johannes Hüsing <>
Date: Sun, 04 May 2008 21:37:45 +0200

Leonard Mada <> [Sun, May 04, 2008 at 07:26:04PM CEST]:
> Dear list members,
> Every "modern" OS comes with dozens of useless fonts, so that the
> current font drop-down list in most programs is overcrowded with fonts
> one never will use. Selecting a useful font becomes a nightmare.
> In an attempt to ease the selection of useful fonts, I began looking
> into sorting fonts using some statistical techniques. I summed my ideas
> on the wiki:
> Of course, there is NO guarantee that something useful will emerge, but
> at least someone has tried it.

Why is there nothing mentioned with respect to the classical font categorization, Venetian, Aldine, Transitional, Modern, Slab Serif, ... ?

> - maybe some other measures

If you can obtain the *.afm information of the font, you have some useful parameters such as cap height, ascender height, descender height, oblique angle ...

Johannes Hüsing               There is something fascinating about science. 
                              One gets such wholesale returns of conjecture  from such a trifling investment of fact.                (Mark Twain, "Life on the Mississippi")

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