Talk:Body height (typography)

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I can't help but notice that the diagram used in the article does not actually show what body height is. Stoat Museum (talk) 04:06, 14 June 2010 (UTC)

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lines of text per inch[edit]

My understanding is that many (most? nearly all?) line printers and typewriters move the paper up about 1/6 of an inch for every carriage return, which I've been calling "6 lines per inch". (See typewriter#Character sizes Talk:IBM Selectric typewriter#lines per inch, Talk:Courier (typeface)#Letter Width, etc.). So you can imagine my surprise when I discover that the lines per inch article talks about a measurement related to graphical dots and geometric lines, and says nothing about lines of text (line (text file)).

Instead of saying that my typewriter gives me "6 lines per inch single-spaced, 4 lines per inch 1.5 spaced, or 3 lines per inch double-spaced", would "the body height on my typewriter is 1/6 inch" be a correct way of expressing that information? Or is there some other common term used to express how far printers, typewriters, etc. move the page up for each carriage return, or (from the other direction) how many (single-spaced) lines of text can be put into some fixed distance (say, 1 inch, or 10 mm, or etc.) of vertical space, analogous to the way Pitch (typewriter) measures text horizontally? --DavidCary (talk) 03:09, 25 August 2020 (UTC)