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I am looking for a font, where the hole in a character ie O, A, P, Q. Can be used to insert an image. I do not need a recommendation for a font. But what I am asking for is the word used to explain this area. Can someone please provide me with the specific word that explains the whitespace within these particular letters.

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You’re right: there is a specific word for this. I’ll have to look it up. –  tchrist Jan 4 at 18:45
    
I'm sure I have read this on stumble upon/ a Christmas cracker/ a penguin bar. Just can't track it down. –  The Humble Rat Jan 4 at 18:46

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In typography, anything that isn't ink is referred to as whitespace. An area of whitespace that is either partially or entirely enclosed by a letter, whether uppercase or lowercase, is typically called a counter. However, there is an exception to this: in the lowercase letter "e," the whitespace is also referred to as an "eye" (as per its usual shape).

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Ok, I just learned too much. This will take time to digest. Tick. –  The Humble Rat Jan 4 at 18:50
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If I recall correctly, the reason it’s called a counter has to do with how the original type was carved out of metal. Somewhere around here I have Bringhurst’s revision to Warren Chappel’s A Short History of the Printed Word. Also, I’m not sure that you can use the indefinite article “a” for whitespace: it seems like a mass noun. –  tchrist Jan 4 at 18:55
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Fair enough—I've changed "a whitespace" to "an area of whitespace"; otherwise, you are assigning a mass noun to an discretized noun, which is also awkward. –  aeismail Jan 4 at 19:01
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@TheHumbleRat: That should probably be asked as a separate question, but it looks like the answer may very well be "yes." –  aeismail Jan 4 at 19:03
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@TheHumbleRat Yes, that’s why. I believe there’s a question here on that very thing. BTW, if you’re interested in that sort of thing, the book I mention above is highly recommended. Also The Elements of Typographic Style. –  tchrist Jan 4 at 19:06

The enclosed or partially enclosed whitespace in a character is usually called a counter. Examples of characters with a counter include C, e, S and H. The round or curved enclosed portion of letters like D, g, p and o can also be called a bowl.

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