The dimensions of a monospaced font

I have never made a font so bare with me if this is a beginner question. I am wondering what the dimensions are of a monospaced font. I understand that since it is monospaced every glyph has the same width, but that’s all I understand.

I’m wondering about the other dimensions.

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Specifically, #1, #2, #3, #5, #19, #20.

Basically, what the midpoint of the glyph is (where the lines cross on the x, or the line on the e), what the baseline is (how high from the bottom of the g), or alternatively how far below the baseline the long letters go like the g. Also, how far above the lowercase letters the tall letters go (like the l).

If it is different for every monospace font, then that’s good to know. Maybe there is a standard range though, so it’s not a super tall and narrow font. Wondering if it needs to be a perfect square (width == height), or if not, yeah then what the dimensions typically are.


Monospaced does not define any of the other attributes. A monospaced fonts aspect ratio is rarely a square, unless it is used for Japanese or Chinese*. This is simply because the characters in the Latin alphabets need vertical space more than they need width. And since the font is monospaced you need to come to some compromise as to how much the ratio is.

Now for practical reasons you don’t want the x-height be too small as monospaced fonts are more often than not used on screen. And a very small x-height would necessitate very large fonts. But ultimately all the other variables are for the font designer to decide.

*even many of the monospaced fonts that do include monospaced Kanji and Latin alphabets tend to have a different width for them than for Latin letters.

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