# Zeilenfaktor

## English translation: Average character width

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 16:30 May 22, 2002
German to English translations [PRO]
Tech/Engineering
 German term or phrase: Zeilenfaktor I am translating an internal company standard for a wide font that is used in marking (stamping) of drawn metal parts in production. "Platzbedarf: Formel zur Überschlagsberechnung für Wort- und Zeilenlänge l = f x n x h Hierin bedeuten l =Wort oder Zeilenlänge in mm f =Zeilenfaktor = 2.44 n =Anzahl der Schriftzeichen h =Schriftgröße in mm Wortabstände werden als Buchstaben gezählt. Beispiel: Schrift ABC - 2.5 XYZ NK 0510 GERMANY BDE Berechnung: l = f x n x h = 2.44 x 23 x 2.5 = 140.3 mm What I am having trouble figuring out is the variable f(actually it looks more like a constant). If in the calculation it is multiplied by the number of characters, including open spaces, then wouldn't it just be the character width? I am uncertain b/c the term "Zeilenfaktor" was used, as I thought Zeile meant line (or sometimes space, as in Leerzeile). Why not Breite? Any ideas much appreciated.
 Beth KantusUnited States Local time: 10:30
 English translation:Average character width Explanation:Based on the formula, this has nothing to do line spacing. It's the average width of a font. (Actually, it's a parameter in Postscript font descriptions - add the widths of all characters and divide by the number of characters). The only explanation I could offer is to view Zeilenfaktor as "Faktor für die Zeile", a constant to the line.
Selected response from:

Klaus Herrmann
Germany
Local time: 15:30
 After talking to the client, the decision was taken to call this "character width factor." Thanks to you all for your suggestions.4 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer

4 +1line spacing factor
 Patrick Mueller
4Average character width
 Klaus Herrmann
4line spacing factor
 Patrick Mueller
4Lineal Factor/Lineal coefficient
 Angela C.
3pitch factor or font pitch factor
 jccantrell

3 mins   confidence:
Lineal Factor/Lineal coefficient

Explanation:
That is what comes to my mind.

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Note added at 2002-05-22 16:46:01 (GMT)
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also can be linear factor/linear coefficient

 Angela C.Local time: 10:30Native speaker of: Spanish, EnglishPRO pts in pair: 8

30 mins   confidence: peer agreement (net): +1
line spacing factor

Explanation:
"Zeilenfaktor:
bestimmt den Abstand der Zeilen untereinander. Der Faktor 1.5
bedeutet z.B., dass der Abstand Grundlinie erste Zeile zur Grundlinie
zweite Zeile 1.5*Schrifthöhe ist."

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Note added at 2002-05-22 17:03:59 (GMT)
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f is a multiple of h, denoting distance of baselines.

 Patrick MuellerLocal time: 09:30Native speaker of: German, English

agree  Endre Both: That's how I have seen it used, although I don't see how it fits into this equation.
 3 mins
-> the eqation is an estimate (ueberschlag). width is unknown - only height - hence the f-factor to give an approximate (number of characters doesn't say much about absolute width since "i" is not as wide as "w").

30 mins   confidence:
line spacing factor

Explanation:
"Zeilenfaktor:
bestimmt den Abstand der Zeilen untereinander. Der Faktor 1.5
bedeutet z.B., dass der Abstand Grundlinie erste Zeile zur Grundlinie
zweite Zeile 1.5*Schrifthöhe ist."

page 91

 Patrick MuellerLocal time: 09:30Native speaker of: German, English

1 hr   confidence:
pitch factor or font pitch factor

Explanation:
Just to give you something else to think about.

Since the equation is dealing exclusively with length and not height, the only thing that might affect its calculation is the width (or pitch) of the characters used to make up the line. Your item seems to be a converstion factor between mm and the number of characters, so you might want to use something like this suggestion.

HTH

 jccantrellUnited StatesLocal time: 07:30Native speaker of: EnglishPRO pts in pair: 4598

3 hrs   confidence:
Average character width

Explanation:
Based on the formula, this has nothing to do line spacing. It's the average width of a font. (Actually, it's a parameter in Postscript font descriptions - add the widths of all characters and divide by the number of characters).

The only explanation I could offer is to view Zeilenfaktor as "Faktor für die Zeile", a constant to the line.

 Klaus HerrmannGermanyLocal time: 15:30Native speaker of: GermanPRO pts in pair: 3373
 After talking to the client, the decision was taken to call this "character width factor." Thanks to you all for your suggestions.

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