“Another property that typographers look for is x-height, the proportion of the height of the lower case to the height of the uppercase.”
“I think the Rather memo and the Word document may differ in x-height, with the Rather x-height slightly smaller.”
“They observe an x-height that's too low, or a bold not bold enough, or a descender on a capital J-- the downward swoop -- not sufficiently expressive to distinguish it from an I.”
“A large x-height and well-defined contrast make this face most suitable for advertising and display work.”
“Something with a bit more elegance, like a classical Garamond or Centaur, will have a smaller x-height and longer ascenders and descenders.”
“A large x-height often allows type to be used at smaller sizes, but also means that more leading (space between lines) is required to maintain legibility.”
“When it comes to the space between lines, the amount required depends upon the x-height of the letter.”
“Some types, like Stone or Optima, have a large x-height, which means the ascenders and descenders are correspondingly short.”
“How the grid is based on the x-height to cap ratio.”
“You would be better served by something with more regular shapes (less handwritten) and a larger x-height”
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