Sans + Serif pair with identical metrics?

Hi all,

I'm looking for a pair of a sans-serif and a serif typefaces which have identical metrics to each other. The only genuine one I can find even mentioned is McClatchy super-family, but that's a custom commission. Luzi Type's Messina almost hits the mark (and both the sans and serif are perfect style-wise), but they differ just a bit.

Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks in advance.

Concerning the háček...


I have a couple of questions about the háček and, whilst I'm sure the answers are buried in the forums here at typophile, I cannot find them.

I know that for the /d/, /L/, /l/ and /t/, the háček takes an acute-type form. What I can't seem to find a consistent answer to is the question of what form the háček takes with the /h/, /I/ and /k/. The háček article at doesn't mention these other letters, but other online sources seem to suggest the háček is placed directly above the stem. Is this correct?

As a subsidiary question, what are the implications for the font metrics if it is placed above? For example, if my font currently has an EM Unit Size of 2048, would it be a problem if a vertically stacked háček forced my Ascent value beyond this?

Descenders clipping on Windows environment


I have a strange problem with one of my fonts - descenders are clipping on Win / Publisher 2013 & Wordpad at least. I can't duplicate the problem by myself on any of my programs on Mac.
I've had some clipping issues sometimes before with fonts exceeding the UPM but now the strange thing is that the font gets clipped directly under baseline?!

Any idea what's this about?

Type dimensions



I was just reading this thread and Catharsis said "The font is now 1050 ems tall; that's no problem these days, right?". This again made me aware that despite my experience with type design, I still have no idea what the dimensions of a typeface should be.

I made quite comprehensive images to illustrate such things as the anatomy of typography and others, but I don't think I've found a source where the metrics are explained.

Changing bitmap font metrics


Years ago I built a bitmap font (ttf outlines) which I would like to use for web embedding in html now.

The font—like most bitmap fonts available back then—was set to be displayed at 8px size which in case of this font is visually roughly an equivalent of 12px Helvetica.

My question is:

Is there an easy way to change the font's metrics so that its px size would be more accurate when used in html?

It still would only have one native size (as it is a bitmap font), but it wouldn't require displaying at 8px in order to be shown at its native 12px anymore.

What metrics should I change?

Thanks for any information.

Script cap left sidebearings


What's your strategy for left sidebearings on script caps? I'm not taking about scripts where all caps would be legible. I'm taking about scripts with swishy swash script caps where words in all caps will look terrible anyway. Right sidebearings are easy to do because they can be tested against lowercase in words. But what about the left?

In the past I've used sentence endings to gauge the spacing. For example:

Yeah. Apes attacked.

I adjust the left sidebearing on the A so the word space after the period feels right. Whaddya think?