Letter Classification, Continued
Roman letters are composed of thick and thin lines terminated with small
crosstrokes called serifs. The serifs lend unity to letters and blend the letters
into easily read words. Roman typefaces are divided into two styles: old
style and modern. The chief difference between old style and modern roman
letters is the serifs. Old style roman letters have soft-rounded serifs, while
the serifs on modern roman letters are heavier with clean-cut hairlines.
Roman typefaces are used in the text of magazines, newspapers, and books.
Roman letters suggest dignity, refinement, or stateliness.
Figure 5-20 is an example of letters in the roman style.
Figure 5-20.The roman letter group.
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