Ascender to descender proportion ?

richard_a's picture

In most fonts I have observed that the ascender height
is "almost" equal to the descender height.

Is this a correct observation; are there cases where this
is not true ?

J Weltin's picture

In many cases this is not true. Look at ITC Goudy Old Style, for instance. Although Goudy designed his Old Style originally with long descenders.
But, usually typefaces with shorter descenders serve a specific need, for example display setting where the distance between the lines is tight.

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