Glyph of the Week

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visible shape: 4x3 px / total advance width: 5px

Glyph: M Name: M Unicode: 004D

Latin Capital Letter M

2017-11-06 Week 45/2017 posted by RFI

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It is the king of all letters. The width of an uppercase M traditionally provides the typographic measure em, from which various widths derive as well as the base height of a font.

In Minima too, the M glyph shape is as wide as the display size.

Other elements—like em dashes—feel better when they're actually larger than the largest letter. The full unrestricted line height in Minima Fiveline is similarly larger than the display size indicates, to accomodate all typographic elements.

[What's Fiveline? Megä. 1 baseline, 2 x-height, 3 CAP-height, 4 descender limit, 5 upper boundary. Five typographic lines in Minima R5. Illustration/Infographic.]

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