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visible shape: 2x2 px / total advance width: 3px

Glyph: a Name: a Unicode: 0061

Latin Small Letter a

2017-11-20 Week 47/2017 posted by RFI

Welcome to the wonderful world of small small letters! Although they are less prominently used in the outside presentation, these beauties are the true lore of Minima.

Hypercompressed into the most essential elements of form, their data density is immense, with a fairly high bit error tolerance and great resistivity against any kind of physical degradation.

For the small a, Minima exploits the occasional presence of the letter's upper arch. This feature is completely unique, so there is no need to display anything else to fully convey an 'a'. Obviously, this is only feasible under certain conditions – if all glyphs follow very similar rules, and if the arch is as black as it is.

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