Typographic Measurement

Typographic Measurement

 

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.

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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.