#
GNU FreeFont

Design notes

## FreeSerif

FreeSerif is a proportional-width typeface with modulated stroke, descending from URW++ Nimbus Roman No9, which in turn descends from Times.

### Regular weight

ascent | 800 |

descent | 200 |

x-height | 450 |

cap height | 662 |

italic angle (italic) | -15.5° |

stem width | 102 |

### Bold weight

ascent | 800 |

descent | 200 |

x-height | 450 |

cap height | 676 |

italic angle (italic) | -15.5° |

stem width (capitals) | 162, 159 (U), 155 (M) |

stem width (small letters) | 139 |

#### Superscripts and subscripts

Superscript and subscript numerals (in the U+2070-U+208F range) are scaled 60.0% of their regular height and 64.9% of their regular width, while their stroke width is 94 units, or 95/145 ≈ 64.9% of its regular value. Baseline for superscripts is at 275 units, baseline for subscripts is at -200 units.

## FreeSans

FreeSans is a proportional-width typeface with uniform stroke, descending from URW++ Nimbus Sans L, which in turn descends from Helvetica.

### Regular weight

ascent | 800 |

descent | 200 |

x-height | 450 |

cap height | 729 |

italic angle (oblique) | -12° |

stem width (regular; capital letters) | 94 |

stem width (regular; small letters) | 84 |

height of minus sign (centre) | 276 |

Some modular widths are

191 | quotesingle |

222 | i, j, l |

278 | space, exclam, period, slash, I, f, t |

333 | parenleft, parenright, hyphen, r, dieresis, macron, acute |

500 | J, c, k, s, v, x, y, z |

556 | numbersign, dollar, all numerals, L, underscore, a, b, d, e, g, h, n, o, p, q, u |

584 | plus, less, equal, greater, asciitilde |

611 | T, Z |

667 | A, B, E, K, P, S, V, X, Y |

722 | C, D, H, N, R, U, w |

778 | O, Q |

833 | M, m |

889 | percent |

944 | W |

### Bold weight

ascent | 800 |

descent | 200 |

x-height | 450 |

cap height | 729 |

italic angle (oblique) | -12° |

stem width (bold; capital letters) | 150 |

stem width (bold; small letters) | 140 |

height of minus sign (centre) | 276 |

#### Superscripts and subscripts

Superscript and subscript numerals (in the U+2070-U+208F range) are scaled 60.0% of their regular height and 64.3% of their regular width, while their stroke width is 95 units, or 95/140 ≈ 68% of its regular value. Baseline for superscripts is at 284 units, baseline for subscripts is at -200 units.

## FreeMono

FreeMono is a fixed-width typeface with uniform stroke, descending from URW++ Nimbus Mono L, which in turn descends from Courier.

### Regular weight

ascent | 800 |

descent | 200 |

width | 600 |

x-height (regular) | 417 |

cap height (regular) | 563 |

italic angle (oblique) | -12° |

stroke width (regular) | 40 or 41 |

height of minus sign (centre) | 279-282 |

#### Small capitals

Small capitals (in the IPA Extensions range) are 88% width and 74% height of their regular counterparts, while preserving the same stroke width (41 units).

#### Superscripts and subscripts

Superscript and subscript numerals (in the U+2070-U+208F range) are scaled 58% of their regular height and width, while their stroke width is 87% of the regular (36 units).

#### Symbols

While stroke width for letters varies between 40 and 41 units, it has been set uniformly to 40 points for symbols.

### Bold weight

ascent | 800 |

descent | 200 |

width | 600 |

x-height (bold) | 437 |

cap height (bold) | 583 |

italic angle (oblique) | -12° |

stroke width (regular) | 40 or 41 |

height of minus sign (centre) | 279-282 |

#### Small capitals

Small capitals (in the IPA Extensions range) are 88% width and 74% height of their regular counterparts, while preserving the same stroke width (100 units).

#### Superscripts and subscripts

Superscript and subscript numerals (in the U+2070-U+208F range) are scaled 61% of their regular height and width, while their stroke width is 67% of the regular (67 units).

#### Symbols

While stroke width for letters is 100 units, it has been set 84 points for symbols.

Primož Peterlin update by Steve White stevan.white@googlemail.com |
Last update: $Date: 2013/04/24 09:44:22 $ |