Design of Spacing for x-height Petite Capitals

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Design of Spacing for x-height Petite Capitals

Post by Alfred » Tue Feb 20, 2018 6:36 pm

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Tue Jan 16, 2018 1:46 pm
I added what I thought were small capitals, only to find out later that I had added petite capitals, and I still don't know what the difference is
As I understand it, petite capitals should be optically aligned with the x-height but small capitals are noticeably taller.
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Post by Bhikkhu Pesala » Tue Feb 20, 2018 8:08 pm

This is how I designed Small and Petite Capitals for Garava Regular
Small and Petite Caps.png
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  • Small Capitals are nearly 80% of the Cap Height (1145/1434)
  • Petite Capitals are equal to the x-height (958 funits)
  • Petite Capitals are approximately the same average width as the lowercase.
  • The aspect ratio of Small Capitals is similar to Capitals, Petite Capitals have a squarer aspect ratio
  • The stroke-weight of Petite Capitals is similar to that of the lowercase.
These are general principles, not design standards.
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