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In typography, a counter or aperture is an area entirely or partially enclosed by a letter form or a symbol (the counter-space/ the hole of).[1][2] Letters containing closed counters include A, B, D, O, P, Q, R, a, b, d, e, g, o, p, and q. Letters containing open counters include c, f, h, i, s etc. The digits 0, 4, 6, 8, and 9 also possess a counter.

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  1. ^ Maxymuk, John (1997) (Google books (snippet view)). Using desktop publishing to create newsletters, handouts, and Web pages. Neal-Schuman. p. 33. ISBN 9781555702656. http://books.google.com/books?ei=Py1jSuyoH4nAzQT_1rn1CA&id=1cyy76-taU4C&dq=typography+counter&q=counter. Retrieved July 19, 2009. "Counter is the white space center of enclosed letters like Bb, Dd, Pp."  
  2. ^ Narang, Sumita (2006) (Google books (limited prview)). Designing Websites: According to the Ancient Science of Directions. Smita Jain Narang. p. 74. ISBN 9788120730717. http://books.google.com/books?id=zVUCxdx7QYcC&pg=PA74&dq=typography+counter+aperture&as_brr=3&ei=HS5jSsXAMpnCzgTk7OyuDQ. Retrieved July 19, 2009. "Open space in a letter is called the counter or the aperture."  
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