Font & point size

  tes 16:42 07 Apr 2005

What is the relationship between the two?

  Kate B 16:49 07 Apr 2005

Font is the name of the typeface and point sizes are uniform across fonts: ie they take up the same space whatever the font is. Thus Arial and Times Roman are the names of two of the most common fonts and Times Roman 12-point is the same size as Arial 12-point. The arcane terminology comes from the days of hot-metal printing, a dark art if ever I saw one.

  Diemmess 17:13 07 Apr 2005

Somewhere in my dark past I remember reading that a character printed at 72 points is exactly 1.0"

The 1" I presume is the character's height not width.

  pj123 17:21 07 Apr 2005

Yes, 72 = 1 inch high, so 36 = .5 inch, 18 = .25 etc.

  tes 17:53 07 Apr 2005

Thanks all

  Kate B 13:00 08 Apr 2005

To be annoyingly precise, the point size refers to the x-height - ie the height of the letter x in lower-case. You're right about the 72-point measure, Diemmess.

  Buchan 35 21:07 08 Apr 2005

Dark arts indeed, Kate B

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