Whats that dot

Chris Carlton-Bull's picture

Is there a name for the dot over a lower case i or j

satya's picture

The dot over the »i« or »j« is called a tittle.
The dots of the lowercase »j« have a slightly larger dot compared to the »i« to compensate for its form.
(not neccessory in all typefaces)

Chris Carlton-Bull's picture

Thanks I've been looking everywhere for that info without luck. So much so that I thought I had imagined that there was even a name for it

.00's picture

tittle |ˈtitl| noun [in sing. ] a tiny amount or part of something : the rules have not been altered one jot or tittle since.

• archaic : a small written or printed stroke or dot, indicating omitted letters in a word.

ORIGIN late Middle English : from Latin titulus (see title ), in medieval Latin ‘small stroke, accent’ ; the phrase jot or tittle is from Matt. 5:18.

crossgrove's picture

"The dots of the lowercase »j« have a slightly larger dot compared to the »i« to compensate for its form."

Where did this come from? Sounds like more "type logic" like the silly serif lore.

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