I need a font for a project that has no descenders below the baseline. Here is a link that explains font terminology:

The descent is the part of a letter that dips below the baseline. For example, the only the lower case of letters g,j,p,q and y seem to have descenders. I would like the bottom of the descent to rest on the baseline for these characters.

If this is not possible, is it possible to force individual characters to stand above the baseline? I am not working in html for this work, but using Adobe Illustrator (or acrobat). I see how to ungroup letters in illustrator, but I have such a large volume that this option is a last straw only.

This webpage is the best source I've font to preview fonts. I've tested the ocr-x and helvetica lineups so far. They seem to be the best fit for what I need.

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    Look for unicase fonts. An example is Alphabet 26.
    – Jongware
    Commented May 29, 2016 at 23:54
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    Create two separate questions, don't ask them all here. Check help center for more information.
    – Luciano
    Commented May 30, 2016 at 8:32
  • Are there any descenders above the baseline? : )
    – Stan
    Commented Jun 1, 2016 at 2:50
  • The correct term is descender. That part of a letter that lies below the baseline is called the descender. The word descent has no typographical connection.
    – Stan
    Commented Jun 1, 2016 at 2:55

2 Answers 2


Most small caps variants have no descenders on account that the capital letters have no descenders. Descenders just were not part of original Latin alphabet. Quite many fonts come with small caps and that should do the trick for you. That is if you can stand the fact that people think your screaming all the time.


You can use base-line shift on the specific letterforms to push letters above the baseline enough to eliminate them hanging below the baseline.

There are "calculator" style digital fonts that use distorted letters with reduced vertical resolution to fit the limited display space.

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