Hamburgevons is a keyword used by type designers when creating new fonts.
HAMBURGEVONS and hamburgevons both words that contain all of the basic strokes used when building a Latin alphabet. This includes stems, diagonals and rounded strokes. Another word used for this same purpose is hamburgefons.
Words like HAMBURGEVONS (hamburgevons), HAMBURGEFONSTIV (hamburgefonstiv), HAMBURGEFONS (hamburgefons) and CHAMPION (champion) are called key words, test words, or trial words. The general idea is if the key word looks good then the rest of the font will look good too. Besides incorporating the basic letter shapes, key words are also useful for establishing letterspacing.
The use of HAMBURGEVONS, HAMBURGEFONS, and HAMBURGEFONSTIV goes back to the late 70’s and early 80’s at old skool type houses like Linotype, ITC, and URW. Others credit Donald Knuth’s classic The Metafont Book.
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