Seventh Circuit issues excruciatingly detailed typographic guide for lawyers

The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has published a detailed “Requirements and suggestions for typography in briefs and other papers” as part of its Practitioner’s Handbook for Appeals.

Mind you, the Seventh Circuit is pretty hip: they have RSS feeds, a wiki, videos on their website, and electronic case filing. Still, their typographic guidelines are pretty awful. Click the link below to read more.

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Keys to the Kingdom

I thought The Elements of Typographic Style Applied to the Web might be the Holy Grail of web typography but this adaptation of Bringhurst’s principles to a typographically-hobbled web ground to an unexplained halt in 2006. Most of Richard Rutter’s Web Typography and Clagnut site files were lost to a “catastrophic database failure,” aka no database back-up, but he’s gradually restoring as much as he can from archives.

Do any of my fellow TypeManiacs believe The Elements is still a feasible project? If they do, and If Mr. Rutter is too busy to finish it, would they be interested in collaborating?