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    I am glad to remind all who voted for this feature that it is now possible to set a font size as x-height or cap height with Show Font Height Options toggle enabled in Character panel menu.


    Some issues still remain, yes, like, wrong size calculation if a font has rounded stems that end below baseline (https://illustrator.uservoice.com/forums/601447-illustrator-desktop-bugs/suggestions/44639661-font-height-options-misbehave-with-rounded-fonts), or inability to focus the dropdown with Tab (https://illustrator.uservoice.com/forums/601447-illustrator-desktop-bugs/suggestions/41836618-font-height-options-tab-order), or calculating font height by measuring glyphs instead of reading the actual value within the font (https://illustrator.uservoice.com/forums/601447-illustrator-desktop-bugs/suggestions/41615035-cap-height-setting-not-using-font-cap-height), but overall this is done, works, and super cool, don’t you think?

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    Anonymous commented  · 

    In the signage world Character Height is critical as much of the time this is regulated by Federal or Local guidelines. Though, for some reason, Adobe Illustrator does not allow one to simply choose the font size and have it be the specified character height rather each font is a different size. I also use Auto CAD for design purposes and that program does not have the issue with character height.

    Adobe is a lot nicer program for doing proof overlays on photos than CAD though if my text is incorrect size than it doesn't matter. I have seen forums since 2012 looking for a simple fix yet there still is none.

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