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#lang pollen
(define-meta title "small caps")
hanging-topic[(topic-from-metas metas)]{Use real small caps; avoid fakes}
em{Small caps} are short capital letters designed to blend with lowercase text. Theyre usually slightly taller than lowercase letters. (Small caps are used in this book to denote xref[""]{cross-references}.)
Im a big fan of small caps. They look great and theyre very useful as an alternative to xref{bold or italic} or xref{all caps}.
But most people have never seen real small caps. Theyve only seen the ersatz small caps that word processors generate when small-cap formatting is used.
Small-cap formatting works by scaling down regular caps. But compared to the other characters in the font, the fake small caps that result are too tall, and their vertical strokes are too light. The color and height of real small caps have been calibrated to blend well with the normal uppercase and lowercase letters.