Point system


A sentence containing every letter of the alphabet. Useful in font demonstrations. Frequently used are phrases like “How razorback-jumping frogs can level six piqued gymnasts!” or «The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog”. But less common are “The risque gown makes a very brazen exposure of juicy flesh” or “Jaded zombies acted quaintly but kept driving their oxen forward” or even “The sex life of the woodchuck is a provocative question for most vertebrate zoology majors” and the even more rare “Jelly-like above the high wire, six quaking pachyderms kept the climax of the extravaganza in a dazzling state of flux”.


A font substitution system (in full, PANOSE 1.0) stored in TrueType fonts as 10 digits in the ‘OS/2’ table. Applications wishing to determine the closest installed font to a requested, but absent, font compute the typographic “distance” (that's a distance measured in 10-dimensional PANOSE-space!) from each installed font to the requested one, whose PANOSE bytes are known. Finally, the installed font with the minimum distance is used. The system was developed by ElseWare Corporation, which was taken over by Hewlett-Packard. There's also PANOSE 2.0, a major extension into parametric font territory.


An old name for type size of 18 points (~6,33 mm).

Paragraph mark

Also named pilcrow. An old scribal mark used at the beginning of a paragraph or main text section. Also used as a reference mark. The form of paragraph mark widely varies depending of the typeface letterforms.


Double emphasis signs.Used as phrase markers in grammar and in mathematics.



An old name for type size of 5 points (~1,76 mm).


The sign for the end of a sentence. Also called full stop. It was used in Roman inscriptions firstly centered as a midpoint and then in mediaeval manuscripts it was moved to the baseline.


Phonetic types

Sets of phonetic symbols used to fix the sounds of human speech. Mostly known phonetic set is of IPA (International Phonetic Association) alphabet. It consists of phonetic symbols, diacritics and tonemarks. There are some alternate phonetic sets though.


A unit of measurement equaling 12 points, or 1/6 inch, in the Anglo-American point system. The Didot equivalent of a pica is called cicero.


See Pi.



A symbol which represents a person or object.


A dot in a raster image which can be turned on (printed) or off (not printed) to form the image.


A unit of measurement equaling .01383 inch, the basis of the Anglo-American point system. The Didot equivalent, called corps, measures .01483 inch.

Point letters

Point system


See Half-Ustav



The printer language developed by Adobe Systems, and used in professional printing. Broadly, it works by describing the output as a series of geometric shapes, rather than the traditional rows of dots, making it easier to work at higher and different resolutions. Type 1 fonts use the PostScript language.
More about PostScript Type 1 in Tech Notes.

PostScript Type 1

The PostScript programming language was originally developed by Adobe Systems to communicate complex graphic printing instructions to digital printers. It is built into many laser printers and image setters to render both raster and vector graphics.


One of the feature describing the type Style – the angle of character’s slant to the Baseline. Typeface may be described by posture as upright, Oblique (slanted) and Italic. In Latin, Greek, and Cyrillic typefaces with writing direction from left to right the common angle of slanting is right too. The backward angle is used very rarely mainly in cartography. Nevertheless the left angle may consider normal to Arabic and Hebrew scripts with writing direction from right to left.

Printing plant


Character proportion is the relation of character height to character width. Proportion may vary from very condensed styles to extended ones. Standard proportional increments are known as ultra condensed, extra condensed, condensed, normal, expanded, extra expanded, and ultra expanded. Condensed proportions are sometimes referred to as compressed, elongated, or narrow, and expanded styles could be describe as wide, extended, or stratched.

Proportionaly spaced type

Type whose character widths vary according to the features of the letters (as opposed to Monospaced type).


The metal tool which is source for a block of type. When «punched» against a piece of hot metal, the convex carving of a letter on the punch leaves the impression of that letter.


A person who cuts punches, the engraver of punches.

Punctuation marks

Punctuation marks are the Analphabetic symbols that structure typographically written and printing text. They regulate the reading tempo by marking the intonations, the logical pauses, and the divisions between words and sentences. Some of them are marks of the end of a sentence (Period, Question mark, Exclamation mark, Ellipsis) and others used in the middle of a sentence (Comma, Colon, Semicolon, Dashes, ellipsis). Also there are double punctuation marks used for emphasis of words or phrases (Parantheses, Brackets, Quotes, etc.). Its usage may be different in other languages or they may have different meaning. In each language there are punctuation rules determine its usage.