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Re: what's an "em" Re: screen magnifiers and fragmented text

From: tom mcCain <tom@crittur.com>
Date: Fri, 08 Mar 2002 15:48:15 -0500
To: "WAI (E-mail)" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
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>It's the size of the letter "m" which is the widest letter in the latin
>alphabet (generally).

Actually, no.

Em is the square of the type size. Thus an em is 12 points square in 
12 point type (and a capital M is rarely as wide, measured in points, 
as the size of the type).

En is half an em.

To avoid misunderstanding, especially in noisy press rooms, printers 
often referred to ems and ens as muttons and nuts.

The Elements of Typographic Style by Robert Bringhurst, Hartley and 
Marks, 1992.

. . / tom mcCain

indianapolis, indiana usa
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