“nrf” books by Gallimard are typeset without any ligature — not even ffi — and that kinda surprises me.
My opinion about ligatures is undecided. They definitely are cool, and a nice thing to have, but the only ones who notice them are the ones knowing about the concept of ligature already.
@otini I think one appreciates nice typography even when unable to tell what makes it “nice”. Micro-typography features like ligatures contribute to what makes text nice IMO.
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