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Typographer’s Glossary

Typeface: FF Clifford

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.

Balt (Baltic)
(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.
Baseline
The imaginary line upon which the letters in a font appear to rest.

Bitmaps
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".
Body
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.
Bowl
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.
Bracket
The bracket is a curved or wedge-like connection between the stem and serif of some fonts. Not all serifs are bracketed serifs.
BS (Basque)
(appended to a font or volume name) Language support; includes all necessary accents for Basque.
Bundle
(appended to a font volume name) A discounted font volume.