The dot on the "I"... I mean the "i"


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The dot on the "I"... I mean the "i"

#1  Postby Delvo » Oct 15, 2011 1:49 am

Why is it there? It originally wasn't, so there was a decision at some point to add it. Wikipedia has pages on the development of individual letters, but its only sentence about the dot's origin (which says it was to distinguish the letter from parts of other letters in certain fonts that turned so many letters into series of similar-looking vertical strokes) has a "citation needed" mark. Is this something that gets debated? Are there theories other than that one?
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Re: The dot on the "I"... I mean the "i"

#2  Postby ramseyoptom » Oct 15, 2011 5:09 pm

Well you had to have the dot on the "i" so that the "t" could have it's cross!!
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