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The size of a typeface, measured in points. The size refers to the height of the letters. There are 72 points in an inch. See typeface.

A unit of measurement in type setting used primarily for designating type size and line spacing. There are 12 points to a pica, and approximately 72 points to an inch. Type size is measured from the top of an ascending letter to the bottom of a descending letter. (See Pica).

The number of points from the top of the ascender to the bottom of the descender. Sometimes the point size is given in dots or pixels, and in other instances, it is given as how many points (or units of 1/72nd of an inch) the font will have when the characters are printed on paper. Thus, if the characters in a font are, on average, 1/2 inch high when printed, the font is said to have a "point size of 36" or to be a "36 point font."

In traditional typography a 10pt font was one where the block of metal for each character was 10 points high.

measures the height of letters where one point is 1/72 inch

A point is a unit of measure used principally for designating type size. In traditional typesetting a point is equal to approximately .35 mm (1/72 in.). PostScript, used in DTP (desktop publishing), defines a point as exactly .35 mm (1/72 in.). The point size of a face is the distance from the top of its ascenders to the bottom of its descenders.

The height of the characters of the text.

The size of a font measured in points and described as 12-point Helvetica or 10-point Caslon, etc.

A unit of measure for fonts sometimes called font size. A point is 1/72 of an inch. A typical font size is 12 points, which corresponds to 6 lines of 12-point text per inch.

The point size is the measurement of an individual letter or character (i.e. 10 point for normal text or 72 point for a headline).

Point size is based on the inch. 72 points equal one inch.

Used to refer to the physical height, in printer's points, of the body on which a type was cast, regardless of the size of the letters themselves. Currently, the term is used very loosely, and reference to point size can mean different measurements to different people, due to the fact that type is not cast the same. Some font designers as well allow themselves a liberty to fill or not fill the space between the baseline and ceiling of the character to whatever degree they feel comfortable. This causes unusual discrepancies between typeset fonts.

The height of a typeface. A point equals 0.0138 inches. Other Term: type size. See unit set.

Measurement used to indicate the size of type.

A measurement for the size of text characters; 72 points equal 1 inch.

The size of a font. The higher the point size, the larger the font.

a measure of the size of type, in points.

The height of TYPE extending from just below the bottom of its lowest DESCENDER to just above the top of its highest ASCENDER or UPPER CASE letter. Expressed with LEADING in SPECIFICATIONS: 10/12 pt, for example, has a point size of 10 POINTs and a leading of 12 points.

The standard of typographical measurement in use today in England and America, and 72 points measure 0.9962", approximately 1 inch.

Denotes the size of type (see pica).

vertical height of an upper case letter as measured using the point scale. On the point scale, one inch is approximately equal to 72 points.

A size measurement of type, based on a system in which 72 points = 1 inch. In 12 point type, the distance from top of the ascenders to bottom of the descenders is about 12 points, or 1/6 inch, (72/12=6). Note that all 12-point type does not look alike because of variations in the x-height, which affects the type's appearance when massed on a page.

The size of a typeface, measured in points; a common size used for text is 10-point.

Point size refers to the size of text, specified by a number such as 10 point or 22 point. Point sizes are said to be "absolute." This may pose problems for users who need to enlarge the text size to make it easier to read. As a result, relative units are recommended instead of point sizes.

The height of a particular font as measured from the top of the tallest character to the bottom of the lowest. A point is a typographic unit of measure equivalent to 1/72 of an inch.

The common method of measuring type. The distance from the top of the highest ascender to the bottom of the lowest descender in points. In Europe, type is often measured by the cap-height in millimetres.

The height of the type body. A standard type measurement system was originally developed by the Parisian type founder Pierre Fournier le Jeune in 1737. In the days of metal type, the point size was the total number of points in the height of metal type, including the ascent and descent of the letters, and the metal above and below the letters (i.e., built-in leading).

The measurement of type, generally from the top of the highest ascender to the bottom of the lowest descender. Due to variances in type design, the designated point size of a particular font might be somewhat different from the actual measurement

The height of a font, expressed in points.

A unit of measure indicating the size of an individual letter or character.

The size of type measured from the baseline of type on one line to the baseline of the text on the next.

A measurement used by typographers to gauge the size of type. The larger thenumber of the point, the larger the letter, number, or symbol.

The size of the characters of a typeface.

A measurement of the size of type; one point is equal to one-seventy-second of an inch. On systems that use millimetres 3 points to one rnillimetre is a useful approximation.

Type size designation. Type size is measured from the top of the ascender to the bottom of the descender, plus the white space between them when no additional space has been inserted (i.e. when â€™set solidâ€™).

A unit of measurement for font height; 72 points equals 1 inch as measured from slightly above the top of the uppercase letters to slightly below the bottom of the lowercase descenders.

Refers to the measurement of a size of type. The point size of type is measured from the top of the tallest ascender (the tallest letter) to the bottom of the longest descender (the letter that extends below the baseline).

The measurement used to describe text height (1 point is equal to 0.01384 inches, 72 points equal 1 inch).

Points are the unit of measure normally used to measure font sizes. In Word Perfect, point equals 1/72nd of an inch.