Nick Lamicela wrote:
Is this related to the fF guy? Or is that just a typing quirk?
It's a typography quirk. If you pull out an actual printed book, and look for instances of "fi", you'll probably see that those two letters have been 'kerned' together so that the "dot" of the "i" is actually the overhanging tip of the "f". The cross bar of the "f" may also physically join with the vertical of the "i". Back in the days of metal type, there was a single piece of type with that combo, called the "F I ligature". There is also an "F L ligature", an "F F", and more. Most proportional computer fonts have carried over this practice. Modern professional page layout programs even watch for places to replace the letters with the ligature when they are typesetting the document for output. The problem comes when you try to go from typesetting files to text. If the converter doesn't know how how to turn the ligature back into individual letters, it usually just drops. We actually had a problem with this once at work back in, like, 1994 or 95. We'd gone with "Lowest Bidder Printing, Inc." and their cheap pirated version of the font we were trying to use did not actually contain ligatures. Imagine a 300 page software manual with references to "data les" instead of "data files". I don't know what's up with the fF thing. -- Elliott C. "Eeyore" Evans eeyore@xxxxxxxx