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This page consists of a set of metrics. On the Format menu, click Settings, and then click the General tab.

Subscript, horizontal

The recommended horizontal size in font design units for subscripts for this font.

Subscript, vertical

The recommended vertical size in font design units for subscripts for this font.

Subscript x offset

The recommended horizontal offset in font design units for subscripts for this font.

Subscript y offset

The recommended vertical offset in font design units from the baseline for subscripts for this font.

Superscript, horizontal

The recommended horizontal size in font design units for superscripts for this font.

Superscript, vertical

The recommended vertical size in font design units for superscripts for this font.

Superscript x offset

The recommended horizontal offset in font design units for superscripts for this font.

Superscript y offset

The recommended vertical offset in font design units from the baseline for superscripts for this font.

Strikeout size

Width of the strikeout stroke in font design units. This field should normally be the width of the em dash for the current font. If the size is one, the strikeout line will be the line represented by the strikeout position field. If the value is two, the strikeout line will be the line represented by the strikeout position and the line immediately above the strikeout position. For a Roman font with a 2048 em square, 102 is suggested.

Strikeout position

The position of the strikeout stroke relative to the baseline in font design units. The value of strikeout position should not interfere with the recognition of standard characters, and therefore should not line up with crossbars in the font. For a Roman font with a 2048 em square, 460 is suggested.

 

Italic Angle

Italic angle in counter-clockwise degrees from the vertical. Zero for upright text, negative for text that leans to the right (forward). This value should be in agreement with the Caret Slope Rise and Caret Slope Run values.

Underline Position

Suggested values for the underline position (negative values indicate below baseline).

Underline Thickness

Suggested values for the underline thickness.

Note: Word processing applications decide whether they use these underlinePosition and underlineThickness values or use their own defaults.

Warning: Some Word processors may crash when this value is set to zero.

Fixed Pitch

Set to 0 if the font is proportionally spaced, non-zero if the font is not proportionally spaced (i.e. monospaced).

 

Caret Slope Rise

Used to calculate the slope of the cursor (rise/run); 1 for vertical

Caret Slope Run

0 for vertical.

Caret Offset

The amount by which a slanted highlight on a glyph needs to be shifted to produce the best appearance. Set to 0 for non-slanted fonts.

 

Caret Slope Rise and Caret Slope Run are typographical values and should match with Italic Angle. To accomplish this press the Calculate button.

 

The rise and run are used by Windows to slant the cursor (or “Caret”) to the italic angle of the font. These values can be calculated as above or by measuring the font. In an upright font the caretSlopeRise is usually set to 1 and the caretSlopeRun is always 0. To obtain the caretSlopeRise and caretSlopeRun measure the slant of the font. It is common to use the Uppercase Flat height for the caretSlopeRise.

The illustration shows how to use the measuring tool in points mode to determine the italic angle of the font. It shows that the caretSlopeRun is 307 and the caretSlopeRise is 1466. However, the angle is measured from the horizontal. The italic angle is measured from the vertical, so we must calculate 90 – 78.17 = 11.83°

Tan 11.83° = 0.209 and 307/1466 = 0.209