the spelling of sans

Nick Sherman's picture

Here's a trivial but interesting semantic survey question:
Usually just writing "sans" is enough to get the idea across of a serif-less typeface, but when using the "-serif" suffix, do you prefer:

  1. "sans serif" (as it is in the Oxford English Dictionary)
  2. "sans-serif" (as it is on Wikipedia)
  3. "sanserif" (as spelled by Robert Bringhurst)
  4. something else?
Nick Shinn's picture

Well I did want to give Tim a fighting chance at figuring it out!

Nick Sherman's picture

Here's an interesting artifact that is related to this discussion:
A 1938 specimen of "Gill Sanserif"

Luis Siquot's picture

Why not simply SANS, to be short?
Sanserif, mmmm

quadibloc's picture

I suppose we could call the typefaces in question "linéales" instead of sans-serif.

Alex Kaczun's picture

—Why not just drop the 'serif' part... Sounds better... serif (with), Sans (without).

N'est-ce pas

In typography, a sans-serif, sans serif, san serif or simply sans typeface is one that does not have the small projecting features called "serifs" at the end of strokes. The term comes from the French word sans, meaning "without".

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