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Arrighi advises us to make linespaces neither too large nor too small. (See the book, page 19.) That’s not saying much. What did the man do himself?

This example, from page 3 of La Operina shows how tight he went when he needed to squeeze in a lot of text.
   First look at the x-height (the distance from baseline to midline.) Then look at the white space between the lines. It’s a little more than one and a half times the x-height.

Arrighi had more space than he knew what to do with on page 21. The white space is more than two and a half times the x-height. Ascenders and descenders are longer.

Make sure your ascenders and descenders don't touch. Keep them short if you cut your linespace.



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