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I am need of a typeface with descenders that match or come close to the x-height. Can you recommend some?

System fonts or free fonts would be ideal.

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A visual search in dafont's or Font Squirrel's sans-serif section one will probably give you better results.

Fontscape has a section with long descenders, but they are paid fonts.

These are some of the ones I found, they look very similar, but I'm sure you can find lots more if you do a search.

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@IanGraham yisela has done her best here to keep it to freeware. But notice the difference between the free fonts and the commercial font I recommended. Those freebies are all quite clumsy. For $45 USD, Canterbury (or many other commercial fonts) would make your work look professional. In the same sense, a client can get design work for free or next to nothing but would they want to? –  plainclothes Feb 1 '13 at 17:15
    
@plainclothes Yes, I agree. People giving fonts for free make their best effort with the resources they have. At the same time, it's always good to support the professional designers. –  Yisela Feb 3 '13 at 7:20
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Canterbury Sans takes the height a step further. Since it's basically mono-weight, it would be a simple matter to compress the extender lengths for a logotype or headline.

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I can go one step further –  thomasrutter Feb 1 '13 at 0:47
    
That's shameful! –  plainclothes Feb 1 '13 at 1:22
    
Hush, that font is gorgeous. :) –  Lauren Ipsum Feb 1 '13 at 11:40
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