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Type Anatomy: Bracketed / Unbracketed vs. Adnate / Abrupt Serifs


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I'm reading about serifs and how they are connected to the stem. I come across the term pairs bracketed / unbracketed and adnate / abrupt.

Are bracketed serifs the same as adnate serifs, or vice versa, are unbracketed serifs the same as an abrupt ones? Are these term pairs interchangeable?



Bracketed / Adnate



Unbracketed / Abrupt


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Yes, the terms are synonymous. But adnate and abrupt feel dated now (IMO). I much prefer the more descriptive bracketed and unbracketed.

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