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Not only did you learn how everything   style-sheet, among others. I thought
       worked mechanically, you were also    readers might like to see part of the house
       supplied with sheets on things like the   style-sheet. Surprisingly, even after 60
       division of words, and the College house   years, some of it still seems quite modern.

                              Abridged Rules of Composition
         The following ‘house rules’ must be adhered to by all individuals when composing type by
         hand or machine in the School of Printing:
         Use either 12-pt lower-case Ms turned sideways or the Monotype gauges with 4-pt allowance
         for ‘squeeze’, when setting the composing stick.
         Spacing between words must be as close and even as possible.
         Use normal word spaces after all punctuation points.
         Avoid repetition of the same word beginning or ending two or more successive lines, i.e.
         ‘and’, ‘the’, etc.
         Punctuation: ! ? must be preceded by a hair space unless this is already cast on the body.
         Divide words, including proper names, when necessary; avoid two successive word divisions,
         and never use three in succession. Do not separate a person’s initials.
         Between words in roman upper and lower-case use a thick space and consider fi rst reducing
         if necessary in order to complete the justifi cation before resorting to increasing.
         Between words in italic upper and 1* middle space before decreasing or increasing for justi-
         fi cation.
         Between words in small capitals use a thick space plus the equivalent of the average amount
         of letter-spacing used in copper and brass hair spaces.
         Between words in capitals use an en quad, plus the equivalent of the average amount of
         letter-spacing used in copper and brass hair spaces.
         All small capitals and capitals must be letter-spaced optically, i.e. to make the space between
         each appear equal; only on the Monotype keyboard is mechanical letter-spacing permissible.
         In the school 10-pt, 12-pt, 14-pt. Bembo small capitals are optically pre-letter-spaced on the
         caster and require no additional letter-spacing in text compo¬sition.
         Between lines of type the space must be more than the average amount between individual
         words. This applies to lines of upper-case and lines of capitals.
         Omit all unnecessary punctuation in display settings, and do not in any instance use a full-
         point or comma at the end of a display line.
         Omit comma after the house number in an address. Quotations: use single inverted commas;
         for a quotation within a quotation use double inverted commas; do not use spaces between
         inverted commas and the words they precede or follow.
         Insert a hair space before the apostrophe to distinguish from the possessive case in such
         instances as there’s (there is).

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