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So we've been classifying and identifying oldstyle typefaces using the above terms forever. But let's clear things up -- beyond the usual x-height proportion and greater/lower face contrast and weight -- shall we?
I find this ParaType article to be very helpful as a starting point. My theory is, there's gotta be a simpler way to organize oldstyle faces.
Of course, I could be totally wrong and this is just another futile attempt to reinvent the wheel.
Is there a simpler way to organize oldstyle faces? What makes an oldstyle a French, Italian, Dutch or English.