Writing Books/serif tags at top/bottom of letters I can't see
Expert: Cathy Clamp - 10/12/2012
Question Dear Cathy,
I've been studying your instructions at absolutewrite.com. I've hit a snag in your distinction between serif and sans serif fonts. You say serifs are the tags at the top and bottom of letters in certain fonts and give examples of Courier New as a serif and Ariel as a sans serif font. I'm going blind trying to see the "tags" at the top or bottom of the courier new(12) letters - i and m - in your examples. Maybe I don't understand what you mean by "tag" in this case. I'm amazed by all the information you put at absolutewrite.com and wish to understand it thoroughly.
Thank you very much,
tutorjb1 - JB :)
Answer Hi, Jefferson!
I understand your confusion and hope I can explain it for you. The "tags" aren't at the top of EVERY letter, just some of them in a serif font. For example, on a capital "I", you can either put bars at the top and bottom to identify it, or not. In Courier New, there are bars at the top and bottom (hence "tags"). In Arial, there are too, but smaller. But if you look at other capital letters in Courier versus Arial, like the a capital "A", it's more apparent. Courier has a small bar that comes off the top and bottoms of the letters. Arial doesn't.
If you type the same text in the two fonts, it might help explain it.
You might also look at this very site. AllExperts uses a San Serif font to display an answer to you. But if you do a follow-up reply or question, the text in the box appears as a serif font.
Hope that helps!
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