A post from Shady Characters


After a relaxing little interlude, it’s time for me to start on the Shady Characters book in earnest. While I do so, though, some readers have shared links that might be of interest.

On Twitter, Jason Black pointed out Benjamin Milde’s novel site Shapecatcher.com. Draw a letter, mark of punctuation or other symbol with your mouse and Shapecatcher will attempt to identify it from a set of about 10,000 Unicode characters. It’s Shazam for letterforms, and it made a decent fist of my hastily-drawn interrobang.

Over on Google+, Przemek Sakrajda mentions the British Library’s new exhibition on Royal Manuscripts: The Genius of Illumination, running from 11th November to 13th March next year. I plan to visit if at all possible, but if you (or I) can’t make it, the BL’s Digitised Manuscripts and Gutenberg Bible sites both have plenty of medieval punctuation and typography to appreciate.

And speaking of Google+, Shady Characters finally has a dedicated G+ page. If you’re a Google+ user, add us to a circle to receive updates of new posts!

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