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Re: terminology

From: kitblake <kitblake@gig.nl>
Date: Wed, 27 Sep 1995 12:05:44 +0100
Message-Id: <v01510100ac8edbce516b@[193.78.194.69]>
To: www-style@www10.w3.org
>- In France, they often write "premier" (the first) as "1er". However,
>  they like to raise the position of "er" so that the x-line align
>  with the capline of "1". Something a la:
>
>   1er
>   |
>
>  I'd like to be able to express this in CSS (as a value of the
>  text-position property), but need a name for it. Anyone? How much
>  is it used in other countries?


In desktop publishing this is often referred to as "baseline shift."
Usually it is expressed as a measurement in whatever units have been chosen
for typesetting units. With points chosen, a baseline shift of +3 would
place the character(s) above the baseline by three points, -2 below it by
two points.

This capability is frequently used for the trademark and registered symbols
and  drop caps.

>  Considering "absolute" names, I end up with only five that are clearly
>  distinct:
>
>                 tiny | small | normal | large | hug


            min | tiny | small | normal | large | huge | max


(Curiously, the number of characters in each name follows a bell curve.)

Regards,
kit blake

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