Chapter . Excerpt 1: The World According to Glyphs
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A glyph, in fontspeak, is a single entity of a particular shape. You can refer to an uppercase A as a letter or a character, but there’s only one such animal; it does, however, come in many different designs, or shapes. All the characters in this picture are A’s, but there are 13 different glyphs.
A glyph doesn’t always ...