Hairline rule


The thinnest part of a letter other than the serif. Joins are frequently hairlines. Also, a fine line or rule, the thinnest that can be reproduced in printing.

Hairline rule



Simplified form of uncial writing. Half-uncial appeared approximately in the 6th century as a combination of uncial and Rioman cursive lettershapes. An embrio form of lowercase with extenders.

Headline font

A font that has been designed to look good at large point sizes for use in headlines. Headline fonts generally do not contain a complete set of characters since they do not require a full set of special symbols and punctuation. In mechanical composition systems, type above 14 pt.


Information embedded into font to enhance the appearance of characters printed or imaged at low resolutions (72--600 dpi). ATM and TrueType can take advantage of hints to render more uniformly shaped screen fonts across the character set. All methods of hinting strive to fit (map) the outline of a character onto the pixel grid and produce the most pleasing/recognizable character no matter how coarse the grid is.


Hinting is an approach to the aliasing problem in rendering scalable fonts. It's a process of applying special instructions to contours of letters that improve font appearance on low-resolution devices.

Hot-metal font

Humanist Sans Serif

A sub-group of Sans Serif types showing the influence of Humanist and Aldine roman forms.

Humanist Slab Serif

A sub-group of Slab Serif types showing the influence of Humanist and Aldine roman forms.

Hungar umlaut

An accent used on the vowels o and u in Hungarian and some other languages.


A punctuation mark used in some compound words, such as gastro-intestinal, seventy-five, and mother-in-law. A hyphen is also used to divide a word at the end of a line of type. Hyphens may appear only between syllables. Thus com-pound is properly hyphenated, but compo-und is wrong.


The splitting of a word across lines, as an aid to uniform line breaking.

Hyphenation & Justification