Stroke ending

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In typography, a stroke can end in a number of ways. Examples include:

  • The serif, including:
    • The regular serif
    • The bracketed serif
    • The half-serif
  • The terminal, which is any stroke that does not end in a serif
    • The finial, a tapered or curved end[1]
    • The swash, an extended or decorative flourish that replaces a serif or terminal on a letter
    • The lachrymal (or teardrop), as found in Caslon, Galliard, and Baskerville[2]
    • The ball, as found in Bodoni and Clarendon[3]
    • The beak, a sharp spur, as found in Perpetua, Pontifex, and Ignatius.[3] Also defined as the triangular serifs on the straight lines of capitals like E, F and Z.[4]
    • Hooked
    • Pear-shaped


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  4. ^ Bosler, Denise (2012). Mastering Type: The Essential Guide to Typography for Print and Web Design. HOW Books. p. 29. ISBN 1-4403-1369-5.