Joachim Schrod writes: > >>>>> "RW" == Richard Walker <[log in to unmask]> writes: > > RW> Joachim Schrod writes: > >> No, it's not standard. Emphasis is done with italics, as in every > >> civilized country. > > RW> If you were typesetting in Fraktur, you had no choice but to use > RW> letter-spacing. > > My typography books tell otherwise, that's what Schwabacher or Roman > is for. Yes and no. Duden (volume 1) says that in Fraktur settings, the use of Roman (,,Antiqua``) is limited to foreign words and expressions that are not Germanised (,,eingedeutscht``). I have old Fraktur editions of Lessing, Wilhelm Hauff, and ,,Der Struwwelpeter``. The Lessing edition uses Roman for foreign words (and there is an occasional Roman heading in the Hauff edition), but they all use letter-spacing for emphasising German words and phrases. (They also use bold Fraktur in some headings.) The printers may well have committed `crimes' (although I don't know what they were). But you can't criticise them for using letter-spacing. Even Duden says it's OK - and gives rules for it.