Here’s a glossary of common type terminology, which along with the FAQs may answer many font related questions. If the information you need isn’t here, call us.
- (appended to a font or volume name) Language support; includes all necessary accents and characters for Estonian, Latvian, and Lithuanian (also included in CE). The supported languages may vary a little depending on the foundry.
- The imaginary line upon which the letters in a font appear to rest.
- The files contained in the Mac bitmap suitcase; part of the PostScript font, used for screen display on older systems with no built-in rasterisation and not equipped with Adobe Type Manager. They are still necessary for display and printing. Also referred to as "screen fonts".
- Originally the physical block on which each character sat, in digital type it is the imaginary area that encompasses each character in a font. The height of the body equals the point size; its width is related the width of the character.
- The curved part of the character that encloses the circular or curved parts (counter) of some letters such as ‘d’, ‘b’, ‘o’, ‘D’, and ‘B’ is the bowl.
- The bracket is a curved or wedge-like connection between the stem and serif of some fonts. Not all serifs are bracketed serifs.
- (appended to a font or volume name) Language support; includes all necessary accents for Basque.
- (appended to a font volume name) A discounted font volume.