Is there a name for digits/figures which fit in the x-height?

Is there a name for a set of figures which fit into the x-height (or thereabouts) in a typeface?

Lining figures explicitly do not:

lining figures

While old-style figures have ascenders and descenders:

old-style figures

In the old-style figures, the 1, 2, 3, and 0 fit in the x-height. Is there a name for a set of figures which also contains the rest of the digits inside of the x-height?

If so, which typefaces include such figures?

If not, what is the best method for getting a reasonable representation of such figures?


There is no formal name for x-height numerals. In some OpenType fonts there are denominator numerals, normally used for fractions. I recall noticing one — don’t recall off-hand — where these were close to the x-height of the typeface, but that’s very unusual.

If you need lining figures at small cap height, reduce the size of the numerals and increase the weight to match the text. For example, 12 pt Minion Regular text and 8.5 pt Minion Semibold lining figures are a very close match.

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Keep in mind, though, that old-style figures are designed to match well with lowercase and small caps. If you change a set of lining figures to OpenType “All Small Caps” in fonts that support it, they will change to old-style, proportional or tabular according to whether the lining figures were proportional or tabluar. Unless you have a very compelling reason to break that convention, it’s best not to.

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