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A

abrupt serif
accent
acute
adnate serif
agate
aliasing
alphabet

ampersand
analphabetic
angle brackets
anglo-am. points
anti-aliasing
antiqua
aperture

apex
apostrophe
arabic numerals
arc
arm
ascender
ascender line

ascii
aspect ratio
asterisk
astonisher
at sign
auto-hinting
axis

Axis

Axis

An essential element of a letterform. The axis of a letter is the axis of its stroke, which is the angle of the pen used to create the letter. Strokes usually reveal the axis of a letter. Formed by the thinning of the stroke in round letters of Roman origin. In oldstyle types the axis is inclined to the left, while in transitional and modern types it is vertical. Exceptions occur primarily due to vagaries of individual designers. A letter may have multiple axes. Not to be confused with slope.

line which compose character
angle of inclination of stems

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