Typographic Measurement | Article about Typographic Measurement by The Free Dictionary
The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.
a system for measuring the elements of printing plates, such as type and spacing materials. The basis of typographic measurement is the point, which is equal to 1/72 inch; larger elements are measured in quads, which are equal to 48 points. The French inch (27.1 mm) has been adopted in the USSR and most European countries; the English inch (25.4 mm) is used in the USA and Great Britain. The correlation between typographic and metric units is as follows; 1 point = 0.376 mm; 1 quad = 18.041 mm.
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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This chapter also covers typographic measurement
, giving meaning to terms we all encounter in software dialog boxes, such as points and picas, ems and ens, and tracking and kerning It closes by explaining what constitutes a type family, and what kinds of changes can be made to a typeface while maintaining family ties.
* There are currently four different typographic measurement
units: Pica points, Didot points, DTP points (related to inches), and millimeters.