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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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