[XeTeX] vertical spacing

Adam Lindsay atl at comp.lancs.ac.uk
Wed Feb 9 19:31:02 CET 2005

Jonathan Kew said this at Wed, 9 Feb 2005 16:55:02 +0000:

>depends on the ascent and descent specified in the font metrics (which 
>may add up to more than the point size; depends entirely on the whim of 
>the font designer).
>Here's a Plain example that shows Hoefler Text, which seems happy to 
>set at 12/12 before \lineskip kicks in; compare the left column (using 
>default Plain TeX settings for \lineskip and \lineskiplimit) and the 
>right (with negative \lineskiplimit).
>- - - - -
>\font\x="Hoefler Text" at 12pt \x

Well, thanks for that great tester in plain!

Okay, it's clearly font dependent, and I chose two typical ones: American
Typewriter and Optima Regular. Going through some typical fonts available
on my system, it becomes clear that Hoefler Text is the best case.

Still, it's not XeTeX, nor is it really on ConTeXt. People just have to
be mindful of the fonts they choose, I guess.

Thanks again,
 Adam T. Lindsay, Computing Dept.     atl at comp.lancs.ac.uk
 Lancaster University, InfoLab21        +44(0)1524/510.514
 Lancaster, LA1 4WA, UK             Fax:+44(0)1524/510.492

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