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Glossary of terms

We have tried to keep technical terms to a minimum in the guide, but have found the following terms indispensable.
ascender:
the part of a lower case letter going above the usual height, such as in b or d.
chamber:
the circle in letters such as b, d, or p.
cross-stroke:
the horizontal line on f and t.
descender:
the part of a lower case letter going below the usual height, such as in j or p.
minim:
the basic stroke for the letters i, m, n, and u.
stem:
the straight vertical line in letters such as b, d, or p.