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  1. Posts : 17,545
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       #1751

    Dave76 said:
    mitchell65 said:
    Just out of interest I see the Archie refers to "Sentence case". I don't know that phrase but I do know why the word case is used for small letters and capitals. Shall I explain or does eveyone who is interested know already? It would be showing my age though
    In that case, yes, please tell us
    Yes, please tell.
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  2. Posts : 30
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       #1752

    Bare Foot Kid said:
    Thanks to Nigel, Jonathan, Dave, ARCHIE, Derek, Doc and Dwarf. :)


    Congrats to NilsE.
    And thanks to all that got me to my first plateau
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  3. Posts : 22,814
    W 7 64-bit Ultimate
       #1753

    Dave76 said:
    mitchell65 said:
    Just out of interest I see the Archie refers to "Sentence case". I don't know that phrase but I do know why the word case is used for small letters and capitals. Shall I explain or does eveyone who is interested know already? It would be showing my age though
    In that case, yes, please tell us


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  4. Posts : 53,684
    Windows 10 Home x64
       #1754

    Tews said:
    Looks like the Buffalo has been busy today!! Well done Ted!

    Attachment 80930
    Congrats Ted! :)

    mitchell65 said:
    Have been away for a couple of weeks and on my return I see I have had a visitation from the Golden Buffalo,
    Thanks to all
    Conrats too mitchell65 :)

    NilsE said:
    I got a badge and don't know how

    Thomas18 said:
    I also got a Badge. Thanks.
    Congrats guys, you've done good :)

    A Guy
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  5. Posts : 5,440
    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
       #1755

    Kari said:
    Dave76 said:
    mitchell65 said:
    Just out of interest I see the Archie refers to "Sentence case". I don't know that phrase but I do know why the word case is used for small letters and capitals. Shall I explain or does eveyone who is interested know already? It would be showing my age though
    In that case, yes, please tell us
    Yes, please tell.
    Eons ago when I was a young lad, I was introduced to the art of printing. No keyboards and computers with masses of fonts in those days. Metal movable type was stored in flat trays called cases. Each tray was divided into compartments and these contained the individual letters of a particular typeface. There were two trays to each font. Bear in mind that you had a different set of type for each font, then for each point size then for normal, bold, italic and bold italic for each typeface that you needed. This meant that if you used Times Roman which most small jobbing printers did then you would have at least four sizes, in at least two weights (regular and bold) in normal, and italic so 16 cases in all. But full fonts would need a case for small letters and puntuation marks and a case for capital and symbols or more often small capitals. These cases were kept in cabinets and when you were "Setting" the type you would have a sloping top to the cabinet where the case with small letters was put at the front and the one with capitals was placed above the other. Hence one was the "upper case" and the other the "lower case".
    The term "Sentence case" now to be found in MS Word is used as an instruction to capitalise a sentence but has no relevance to the old term of upper and lower case.
    Here's two images of upper and lower cases
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  6. Posts : 28,554
    Windows 10 Pro x64 [Latest Release Preview]
       #1756

    In additions to the above explanation

    The way that movable type was set is also responsible for another, (British?), saying...

    "Mind your P's and Q's" -meaning to watch what you're saying ...

    This comes from the fact that as type was set reversed and upside-down extra care had to be taken with the lowercase P and q

    Someone else here who worked with fonts before computers

    Oh and the word font is derived from the French word form "fondre" - melt, so also owes it's origin to the print with metal type
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  7. Posts : 5,440
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       #1757

    Barman58 said:
    In additions to the above explanation

    The way that movable type was set is also responsible for another, (British?), saying...

    "Mind your P's and Q's" -meaning to watch what you're saying ...

    This comes from the fact that as type was set reversed and upside-down extra care had to be taken with the lowercase P and q

    Someone else here who worked with fonts before computers

    Oh and the word font is derived from the French word form "fondre" - melt, so also owes it's origin to the print with metal type
    It was with tongue in cheek that I said "No keyboards in those days". This was a bit wrong as the linotype machine had a keyboard and out putted lead type in strips from the hot metal but that's another story!
    (I'm not so old that I pre date the linotype machine!)
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  8. Posts : 17,545
    Windows 10 Pro x64 EN-GB
       #1758

    Very interesting, Mitchell and Barman. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.
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  9. Posts : 7,538
    Windows 10 64bit/Windows 10 64bit/Windows 10 64bit
       #1759

    +1 You beat me to it Kari, nice explanation boys.
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  10. Posts : 22,814
    W 7 64-bit Ultimate
       #1760

    Kari said:
    Very interesting, Mitchell and Barman. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.
    Joan Archer said:
    +1 You beat me to it Kari, nice explanation boys.



    Yes, thank you both!
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