Typography, Typography | Basics

x-height


Traditionally, x-height is the height of the lowercase letter x. It affects the feel of a typeface, how many characters fit on a line, and depending on how the type is set, how easily your text can be read.

At very small point sizes, a font with a larger x-height is easier to read, everything else being equal. Compare the following examples of Adobe JensonTM, Utopia,® and Minion,® all at a point size of 10:

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