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In typography, the x-height or corpus size refers to the distance
between the baseline and the mean line in a typeface. Typically, this
is the height of the letter x in the font (the source of the term), as
well as the u, v, w, and z. (Curved letters such as a, c, e, m, n, o,
r and s tend to exceed the x-height slightly, due to overshoot.)
However, in modern typography, the x-height is simply a design
characteristic of the font, and while an x is usually exactly one
x-height in height, in some more decorative or script designs, this
may not always be the case.
Lowercase letters whose height is greater than the x-height either
have descenders which extend below the baseline, such as y, g, q, and
p, or have ascenders which extend above the x-height, such as l, k, b,
and d. The ratio of the x-height to the body height is one of the
major characteristics that defines the appearance of a font. The
height of the capital letters is referred to as Cap height.
[edit] See also

En (typography)
Small caps

[edit] External links

Definition of x-height at typophile.com








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