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There are several methods typographers can use to measure characterspacing (kerning) and line spacing (leading). Listed below are thedefinitions, and typical conversions you might need to employ.
"Point" is a unit of measurement used in typography that is equal to1/72 inch. It is used primarily for representing the height ofcharacters and the amount of space between lines, also known asleading.
"Pitch" describes the width of a character. Pitch equals the number ofcharacters that can fit side-by-side in 1 inch; for example, 10pitch equals 10 characters-per-inch or 10 CPI. Pitch is a termgenerally used with non-proportional (fixed-width) fonts.
Point Transferred to Pitch
120 / Points = Pitch For example: 10 point = 120 / 10 = 12 Pitch
"Twip" is a unit of measurement equal to 1/20th of a printers point. Thereare 1440 twips to and inch, 567 twips to a centimeter