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raised cap
A design style in which the first capital letter of a paragraph is set in a large point size and aligned with the baseline of the first line of text. Compare to a drop cap.

ranging figures
Figures of even height. Synonymous with lining figures. Ranging figures are usually titling figures , but some ranging figures are smaller than the uppercase letters.

rationalist axis
Vertical axis, typical of Neoclassical and Romantic letterforms. Compare humanist axis.

recto pages
The odd numbered, right-hand pages of a book. (The reverse side, is the verso, or left page.)

16th century Spanish roundhang.

A type of serif that simultaneously stops a main stroke and implies its continuation. Reflexive serifs are typical of roman faces, including the face in which these words are set. They always involve a sudden, small stoppage and reversal of the pen’s direction, and more often than not they are bilateral. See also transitive.

In digital typography, resolution is the fineness of the grain of the typeset image. It is usually measured in dots per inch (dpi). Laser printers, for example, generally have a resolution between 300 and 1200 dpi, and typesetting machines a resolution substantially greater than 1200 dpi. But other factors besides resolution affect the apparent roughness or fineness of the typeset image. These factors include the inherent design of the characters, the skill with which they are digitized, the hinting technology used to compensate for coarse rasterization, and the type of film or paper on which they are reproduced.

A term that refers to the degree of detail achievable by a monitor or printer. In monitors, resolution is commonly measured by the number of pixels that can be displayed in a specified area. In printers, resolution is measured in dots per inch (dpi). In either case, more pixels or dots mean a finer graphics image.

rho R r
Seventeenth letter of the Greek Alphabet. The font Symbol most often used on American Computers to Type Cyrillic Letters places it in the space for capital “R.” It looks just like a serifed “P.”

RIP device
Raster Image Processor, a piece of hardware of software that converts (rasterizes) object-oriented graphics and fonts into the bitmaps required for output on a printer or imagesetter.

Rivers of White
A term to describe the eye-irritating lines of white formed when spaces between words aligh vertically on a printed or written page.

The “book” or “plain” face of a type family. The early typefaces were mechanical imitations of the handwritten letters in books of the era. Probably the first pure roman type was used by the brothers John and Wendelin of Speier in Venice in 1469. The next year Nicolas Jenson, also a printer in Venice but a Frenchman by birth, produced a more distinguished roman font. It still serves as a model for type designers. Later the foremost printer in Venice was Aldus Manutius, who began in 1495 to publish the Greek and Latin classics. Aldus was the first to use the sloping type now called italic, in 1501.

Roman Numerals
The Roman numeral system, in which letters represent numbers, was dominant in Europe for nearly 2,000 years. Roman numerals are hard to manipulate, however, and mathematical calculations generally were done on an abacus. Over time the easier-to-use Arabic numbers replaced Roman numerals. Today Roman numerals are used to indicate dates on monuments and cornerstones and to organize outlines. They also may number the introductory pages of books and the hours on clocks and watches. Seven letters denote numbers in the Roman system: I = 1; V = 5; X = 10; L = 50; C = 100; D = 500; and M = 1,000. Either capital or small letters may be used. Repeating a symbol repeats its value: II = 2. A symbol is not used more than three times in a row: III = 3. When a symbol of lesser value follows one of greater value, the two are added: VI = 6. When a symbol of lesser value is placed before one of greater value, the lesser value is subtracted: IV = 4, XC = 90, CD = 400. Numbers involving 4 or 9 are always written by placing a symbol of lesser value before one of greater value: 24 = XXIV. A bar over a symbol signifies multiplication by 1,000.

The French name for round hand, which developed out of Italic in the early 17th century.

A class of blackletter types, a script used primarily in Italy, southern France and Spain during the 14th – 15th centuries..

Ragged right, which is to say unjustified.

A text formatting standard developed by Microsoft Corporation that allows a word processing program to create a file encoded with all the document’s formatting instructions, but without using any special hidden codes. An RTF-encoded document can be transmitted over telecommunications links or read by another RTF-compatible word processing program, without loss of the formatting.

In medieval manuscripts, the red-colored letters that were used to set off a portion of the text, to begin a verse, or headline a prominent line or word.

A line added to a page for emphasis or decoration.

Letterforms of an alphabet used by northern European peoples (esp. Anglo-Saxons and Scandinavians). Monoline and very sharply angular.

running foot
Material, such as book title, chapter title, author’s name, or folio, printed below the main text of a page.

running head
Material, such as book title, chapter title, author’s name, or folio, printed above the main text of a page.