About a paragraph mark

anonymous's picture

Why is a form different although there are various paragraph marks? Does it change in the time? Or is it a style?
Paragraph marks

eomine's picture

Typophile Advanced Search is great. There are some information about the development of the pilcrow in this past thread.

hrant's picture

Thanks for digging up that link, Eduardo.

The Pilcrow is a great character to get creative with. The one thing to keep in mind though is this: it might seem intuitive to make it match the color of the alphabetic characters in the font, but this ruins its functionality. The Pilcrow has to be dark to work right.

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anonymous's picture

Thanks, Eduardo and Hrant.

Pilcrow! I've never know this mark's name.

I create the typeface now. I thought that I had to arrange the color of a typeface, and the color of a sign. Suppose I made the typeface of an old style, I had to combine the sign of an old style, and thought that a modern style had to make the sign of a modern style.

I have to study more and more. I'm interested in Parkes's book "Pause and Effect: An Introduction to the History of Punctuation in the West" .

eomine's picture

>Does it change in the time? Or is it a style?

AFAIK, both. IIRC, the pilcrow was originally based on the letter "c" (see Jenson). Don't remember why exactly. The "modern" pilcrow have two thin vertical strokes, but I don't why either...

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