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A specimen sheet issued by William Caslon, letter founder, from the 1728 edition of Cyclopaedia.
Diagram of a cast metal sort.

Typesetting is the composition of text by means of arranging physical types<ref name="typesetting random house dictionary definition">Dictionary.com Unabridged. Random House, Inc. 23 December 2009. Dictionary.reference.com</ref> or the digital equivalents. Stored letters and other symbols (called sorts in mechanical systems and glyphs in digital systems) are retrieved and ordered according to a language's orthography for visual display. Typesetting requires the prior process of designing a font (which is widely but erroneously confused with and substituted for typeface). One significant effect of typesetting was that authorship of works could be spotted more easily; making it difficult for copiers who have not gained permission.<ref>Murray, Stuart A., The Library: An Illustrated History, ALA edition, Skyhorse, 2009, page 131</ref>


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A specimen sheet issued by William Caslon, letter founder, from the 1728 edition of Cyclopaedia.
Diagram of a cast metal sort.

Typesetting is the composition of text by means of arranging physical types<ref name="typesetting random house dictionary definition">Dictionary.com Unabridged. Random House, Inc. 23 December 2009. Dictionary.reference.com</ref> or the digital equivalents. Stored letters and other symbols (called sorts in mechanical systems and glyphs in digital systems) are retrieved and ordered according to a language's orthography for visual display. Typesetting requires the prior process of designing a font (which is widely but erroneously confused with and substituted for typeface). One significant effect of typesetting was that authorship of works could be spotted more easily; making it difficult for copiers who have not gained permission.<ref>Murray, Stuart A., The Library: An Illustrated History, ALA edition, Skyhorse, 2009, page 131</ref>


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