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Typography — Attributes of Letterforms

Erich Shelton

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1.horizontal line where the letters rest
6.negative spaces inside and around letterforms
7.horizontal secondary stroke connecting two main strokes
8.curved main stroke of a letter s
9.a character's main vertical, diagonal, or curved stroke
10.marks the proper length for the lowercase g, amongst others
13.small stroke that sometimes extends from the top of a lowercase g
14.serif with a curved wedge
16.angle to which the main strokes of a typeface aim, in relation to their baseline
18.shows how tall to make the lowercase letters
20.decorative extended stroke, often found on script letterforms
22.half the width of an em
23.space between two consecutive measures of type
25.curved stroke that encloses a counter
27.square unit equal in height and in width to the point size
28.portion of a lowercase letter that falls below the baseline
30.1/6 of an inch
32.an endpoint of a stroke
37.portion of a lowercase letter which extends above the x-height
38.secondary stroke extends downward and ends freely
40.small connecting stroke between the loop and the upper bowl of a lowercase g
41.secondary stroke often thinner than the stem
2.thickness of the individual strokes
3.rectangular metal piece of type
4.marks the proper height for the tall lowercase letters
5.pointed counter where 2 strokes meet
6.marks the height of the capital letters
11.secondary stroke that intersects a stem stroke
12.point at which 2 downward slanting strokes meet
14.a serif that is shorter on one end on a curved stroke
15.1/72 of an inch
17.often same as x-height
19.transitional area of a stroke that goes from curved to straight
20.no serif
21.the point at which 2 upward slanting strokes meet
24.secondary stroke, extending horizontally or upward from a stem stroke; ends freely
26.area where space is contained or enclosed
29.width of a character
31.variation between thick and thin strokes
33.upright, non-italic typface with serifs
34.small stroke sometimes found on the right side of the base of the capital G
35.half-serif on a straight stroke
36.small stroke at the base of a capital Q
39.small counter of a lowercase e

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