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glossary N

negative leading
Leading of less than the body size. Type set 16/14, for example, is set with negative leading.

negative letterspacing
A type specification in which the space characters is reduced beyond the default setting either by kerning or tracking.

neohumanist
Letterforms reflecting the twentieth-century revival of humanist principles are called neohumanist

nested
When one object is tucked inside another object, literally or figuratively, it is considered to be nested. This can refer to documents nested inside one folder inside another folder. It can also refer to EPS files nested inside EPS files-a bad thing.

nonbreaking space
In typesetting, a special space character placed between two words to keep the words from being separated by a line break.

nu Ν ν
Fourteenth letter of the Greek Alphabet. The font Symbol most often used on American Computers to Type Cyrillic Letters places it in ASCII 78, the space for capital “N.” It looks exactly like a capital “N”. the lowercase nu looks mush like a lowercase “v.”

number sign #
This mark has several common names: ‘hash’ , ‘hatch’ , ‘pound sign’ , and ‘octothorp’ among them. The name “pound sign” is an Americanism that causes some confusion in countries that use the pound for currency. It was also noted that the # is a medieval abbreviation for Latin “numerus” — it is a cursive ‘n’ with a horizontal slash through it, much modified and abstracted.

numeral mark
In classical Roman inscriptions, a horizontal line drawn over those letters which were in fact numerals.

nut
see en