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    Where two strokes meet at a small angle with the joint at the bottom.

     

    German: Scheitel (Spitze)
    Portuguese: Vértice
    Spanish: Vértice

    Related Term(s): Apex


    Ralf Herrmann By Ralf Herrmann ()
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    Riccardo Sartori

    Posted

    Where the stems join at the lowest joint of a character.

    Isn’t the top of an |A| also called “vertex”? 

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    Ralf Herrmann

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    I found this difference between of apex (top) and vertex (bottom) in books like Designing Type and on Wikipedia:

    Angles of strokes are called apices if at the top and vertices if at the bottom. w has one apex and two vertices; v has one vertex.

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    Riccardo Sartori

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    Yes, apex for the top is certainly right. I probably projected from Italian, where vertice is a general geometrical term, often used figuratively to refer to the top of a pyramidal organisation or the like. While apice exclusively refers to the top of something, but lacks the geometrical angle connotation.

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