Design and Positioning of Diacritical Marks in Latin Typefaces

  • Maja Turčić
  • Antun Koren
  • Vesna Uglješić
  • Ivan Rajković


This paper presents relevant information concerning the types, shape and positioning of diacritical marks in Latin typefaces. The aim is to increase the awareness of the importance of diacritics, their design and use. The design of the low-ercase dcroat letter presents a particular problem, because it is present only in the Croatian and Vietnamese script and is therefore often incorrectly designed or it is
missing the respective font. Data on the most common methods of shaping and positioning of this diacritical sign was collected by measuring the geometry of the dcroat letter in various fonts. Most common designers’ mistakes were shown and evaluated. Suggestions for the design of diacritical marks are proposed taking into account asymmetry, width, uppercase, vertical and horizontal positioning and cultural preferences.

Nov 13, 2010
How to Cite
TURČIĆ, Maja et al. Design and Positioning of Diacritical Marks in Latin Typefaces. Acta Graphica, [S.l.], v. 21, n. 3-4, p. 5-15, nov. 2010. ISSN 1848-3828. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 06 july 2022.
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