Average size/width of a font.

I have font in size 12. Where can I get the average size/width of that font in that size? Where can I get such information of a font?
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Eric AKA NetminderCommented:
*bemused smile*... Your first question is difficult, at best, to answer, without knowing what the typeface is. A point is (for all intents and purposes) 1/72 of an inch. 12 points is the distance from the top of the ascender to the bottom of the descender, i.e. from the top of an "h" or a "T" to the bottom of a "q" or a "y". 12 points in Arial is 12 points in Times Roman.

You'll find that Arial/Helvetica/Swiss, in 12 point, average around six characters per inch. Times Roman will be slightly more characters per inch, because it's a narrower typeface.

However, the height has nothing to do with the width of any particular typeface; indeed, Swiss Extended and Swiss Condensed have the same basic design (they're of the same font family), but their height/width proportions are significantly different.

A good place to start reading more about typography (personally, I find typefaces, and typeface history fascinating, but then again, I used a linotype before I ever learned to type) is at http://www.linotypelibrary.com, and they have a set of links to lots of other places... Other good sites are http://www.quixote.com/serif/ and http://www.typebooks.org/.

Hope this helps
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