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body of type

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A type’s size, usually slightly more than the distance from ascender to descender. Formerly a measure of the physical rectangular block that formed the ‘body’ of a piece of type ...

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descender

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The part of a lower-case letter that lies below the baseline. Only a few letters have descenders: y and g are examples.

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size of type

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The ‘vertical’ dimension (head to foot in the printed image) of the type body (a physical measure in metal type, but merely conventional in photographic or digital systems), usually...

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