Smallcaps height standards

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paul d hunt's picture
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Smallcaps height standards
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so for "real" smallcaps, should they be the same height as the x-height? or can they be taller? is it just a matter of taste? or is there some rule that says they must be as tall (or short) as the x-height?

Hrant H Papazian's picture
Joined: 3 May 2000 - 11:00am
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I think it’s important that smallcaps be visibly larger than the x-height, because otherwise they: look too small, since they have no extenders; and they can get confused, like think of “US”. Most smallcaps seem too small to me.

BTW, the same goes for old-style numerals.

hhp

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the reason i ask is i was putting something together last night and using FB Californian and it was hard for me to tell the small caps from lowercase in places like “Mac OS” and just looked funny in places like “HTML.”
is 3/4 cap height too tall for smallcaps in these kinds of situations?

Stefan Hattenbach's picture
Joined: 7 Sep 2004 - 1:22pm
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Small Caps (SC)
True small caps are designed to have the same

paul d hunt's picture
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i actually did check out your website the other day, Stefan, and I saw another something i had a question about… i’ll put it in another thread.

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Joined: 7 Sep 2004 - 1:22pm
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Looking forward to it!

Hrant H Papazian's picture
Joined: 3 May 2000 - 11:00am
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> should be slightly wider and bolder.

You mean bolder relative to size, I assume.
Also, I think they should be looser too.

> … i’ll put it in another thread.

When you do I’d also like to ask something, about Delicato’s italic.

hhp