Glossary of Design Terms

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old style figures

Also called non-lining figures, these are numerical figures similar to lowercase characters in that they vary in size and may have ascenders and descenders: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 0. Primarily used when less obtrusive numerals are required, such as within a text. Compare to modern figures.

optical center

Also called visual center. This is a point approximately 10% above the mechanical (measured) center of a page, where something optically looks centered on the page.

output device

Any device responsible for outputting information from the processor in a computer as distinguished from devices which input information to the processor. The most common output devices are monitors and printers. Compare to input device.

output device profile

This is a profile that describes the color space of output devices like desktop printers or a printing press. The color management system uses output device profiles to properly map the colors in a document to the colors within the gamut of an output device’s color space. The output device profile should also take into consideration specific printing conditions, such as the type of paper and ink. For example, glossy paper is capable of displaying a different range of colors than matte paper.

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