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Glyph: 9 Name: nine Unicode: 0039

Digit Nine

2018-06-04 Week 23/2018 posted by RFI

Nine was one of the toughest digits to design and the last to assume its final shape. Quite notably, it does not mirror the six at all. This is due to the combined effects of stroke speed, direction and weight balance under conditions that do not allow for strict geometric construction anymore.

The resulting form for '9' with a straight or protruding hook downwards has precendence in a number of handwriting styles as well as some older technical typography such as OCR-A. Importantly, it is almost impossible to confuse with any other digit or letter.

[1996. OCR-A, Handwriting, Minima. Type samples.]

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