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Chapter 5. Fonts > Font Metrics

Font Metrics

Fonts are typically measured in a unit specific to the printing industry called the point. A point (abbreviated “pt”) is the traditional printer’s and typographer’s unit for specifying the size of fonts, the spacing between adjacent lines, and the thickness of rules, among other things. It is still used a lot, although some countries and publishers now prefer to use the metric system, specifically, the millimeter (mm) and centimeter (cm). There are three variants of the point:

  • The continental European point (the Didot point = 0.376065mm)

  • The Anglo-American point (the pica point = 0.351461mm)

  • Another Anglo-American point (defined as 1/72in. = 0.352778mm)


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