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Topic: Re: Fonts Ascent and Descent
Conf: (P-PDF) Developers, Msg: 57134
From: LeonardR
Date: 5/29/2002 05:23 PM

At 1:33 PM -0500 3/16/01, p-pdf-developer Listmanager wrote:
>This won't answer your entire question, but in general font
>terminology, "descent" refers to the amount of space (height) taken
>up by those "below the line" strokes of certain letters (such as the
>stem of a lowercase p, for example),


> whereas the "ascent" refers to any extra height that might be taken
>up by, for example, an accent mark, that would exceed the normal
>height of a capital letter of that font.

Nope. Ascent is the amount of space above the baseline for
the entire glyph.

The standard algorithm for determining the height of a glyph
is "glyphAscent + glyphDescent + glyphLeading".

Leonard Rosenthol
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Digital Applications (215) 440-0504 (fax)

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