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Times Roman

Times Roman is a body text, serifed typeface designed for The Times by Stanley Morison in 1932. It was based on an older design called Plantin. Its readability and economical use of space caused it to be used extensively in American newspapers during World War II to save paper. It remains one of the most widely used typefaces, though The Times itself no longer uses it.

The differences between Times Roman and Times New Roman are mostly a trademark issue. Although there are subtle stylistic and spacing differences, they are invisible in body typefaces at normal reading distances.

Microsoft Windows computers feature Monotype's Times New Roman while Mac computers have Linotype's Times Roman.

In digital font systems, Times Roman is usually the first font coded, and the font most often examined to determine the quality of the font system. Therefore, software designers and commercial organizations take particular care with it.

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