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Re: Re: VMs: Cardan grille
On Fri, 3 Dec 2004, jan wrote:
> Yes, it does, but it is not the case of the VM - the lines are sagging
> towards right so direct use of the grill is out of question and the
> disadvantage of geometrical irregularities can be easily overcome by
> writing draft first and rewriting it the way we see it in the VM.
But then how do you decipher it? The text is only decipherable if it is
either physically consistent with the grill or can be restored to such a
form, e.g., by using typefaces of predictable dimensions. Once you start
recopying a manuscript you are unlikely to get exact correspondence, even
granting that a practiced scribe from the period before printing is more
likely to be regular than one of us moderns.
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