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Author: Nancy Esslinger
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In this lesson you will learn how to measure type.

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Terms to Know
Ascender

The name for the part of a typographic character that extends above the mean line or any character which has an ascender.

Baseline

The implied horizontal line upon which typographic characters sit.

Decender

The name for the part of a typographic character that extends below the baseline or any character which has a descender.

Mean Line

In a lower case letter, an implied horizontal line which falls across the top of the letter x.

Pica

The unit used when measuring the length of a line of type. There are 6 picas in an inch.

Point

The unit used when measuring letterforms. A point measures 1/72 of an inch. Type is measured vertically from the bottom of the descender to the top of the ascender.

X-Height

In a lower case letter, the vertical distance from the baseline to the mean line.