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Typographers Glossary

Typographers Glossary

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Typographers Glossary
Common type terminology
Typographers Glossary
Common type terminology

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The Typographer’sGlossary 
Common Type Terminology 
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the typographer’s glossary
Common Type Terminology 
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Aa
 A as in Ascender
accents
See Diacritics.
alternates
Dierent shapes (or glyphs) or the same character in a typeace, or examplesmall caps, swash characters, contextual alternates, case-sensitive orms, etc.When alternates are built-in as OpenType eatures, certain (older) operatingsystems and applications will not be able to access them.
fonts used:
ff metaff dingbats 2.0ministry script
alternates example:
 
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Handglove
Aperture
The aperture is the partially enclosed, somewhat rounded negative space insome characters such as ‘C’, ‘S’, the lower part o e’, or the upper part o adouble-storey ‘a’.
a n e
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  Y
       Y
ascender
Any part in a lowercase letter that extends above the x-height, ound orexample in b, d, , h, k, etc. Some types o ascenders have specic names.
aperture example:
ascender example:
font used:
leitura news
axis
An imaginary line drawn rom top to bottom o a glyph bisecting the upper andlower strokes is the axis.
fonts used:
amplitudeff dingbats 2.0
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Y

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