State University of New York at Oneonta : Art : Courses
Baseline: the line upon which the capital letters rest.
Capline: the line that touches the tops of the capital letters.
Meanline: the invisible line that defines the tops of the lower case letters.
x-height: the height between the baseline and the meanline. Usually corresponds to the size of the lowercase letters. It is easily measured on the lowercase x
Ascender: Stroke of a lowercase letter that rises above the meanline
Descender: The stroke of a lowercse letter that is drawn below the baseline
Serifs: Short decoarative strokes that extend at an agnle from the main strokes of a letter
Kerning: The spacial relationship between two letters. Can be adjusted to create a uniform appearance between two letters.
Tracking: The process of adjusting the distance between letters
Leading: The distance between two consecutive baselines