x-height

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x-height

[′eks ‚hīt]
(graphic arts)
The height of the lowercase letter x in a font.

x-height

In typography, the height of the letter "x" in lower case. Point size includes the x-height, the height of the ascender and the height of the descender. See typeface.


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The x-height can be used to determine the type size of text in printed documents after the document has been printed.
I measured the x-height, line spacing, and line length in 114 scientific journals, 110 novels, and 106 A5-size brochures (210 x 148.
I took all measures - x-height, line spacing, and line length - in millimeters.
First, I will present the results of the x-height and line spacing measurements.
A second indication that typographic guidelines and practical documents differ is that the line spacing for type with the same x-height varies considerably.
Unfortunately, it is not possible to relate the actual measures of x-height and line spacing of text to the original point sizes in which a text was specified.
I took the most frequently appearing x-height in my study, 1.
90 mm for the x-height is similar to the range of 8-14 points body height.
Figure 7 shows a scatter plot of the relationship between x-height and line length in 110 novels.
The variation in line length for type with the same x-height is large.
There seem to be distinct boundaries within which document developers of scientific journals, novels, and brochures specify x-height, linespace, and line length.
We can say with some confidence that a serifed type with a small or moderate x-height set to moderate line length could comfortably have line spacing equal to the type size ("set solid").