Introduction

Thanks for reading this book. I wrote it for two reasons. First, I want to help you understand and enjoy typesetting—it’s the most important part of typography, and a secret cornerstone of flexible, responsive design. I want to help you hone your skills and mentally organize the decisions you make, so that as you prepare text for reading, you’ll do it in a methodical, meaningful way.

Second, I wrote this book to illustrate how the web has transformed typography. As I explain in Chapter 1, the web has catalyzed the single biggest change in typographic history—a change that has profoundly affected not only the experience of reading but also the practice of designing that experience: typesetting.

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