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Picas

The pica is a typographic unit of measure corresponding to approximately  1/6 of an inch, or  1/72 of a foot. One pica is further divided into 12 points.

To date, in printing three pica measures are used:

  • The French pica of 12 Didot points (also called cicéro) generally is: 12 × 0.376 = 4.512 mm (0.1776 in).
  • The American pica of 0.016044 inches (0.4075 mm). It was established by the United States Type Founders' Association in 1886. In TeX one pica may be defined as  12/72.27 of an inch.
  • The contemporary computer pica is exactly  1/6 of a inch or  1/72 of a foot, i.e. 4.233 mm or 0.166 inches.

Publishing applications such as Adobe InDesign and QuarkXPress represent pica measurements with whole-number picas left of a lower-case p, followed by the points number, for example: 5p6 represents 5 picas and 6 points, or 5.5 picas.

CSS defined by the World Wide Web Consortium use pc as the abbreviation for pica ( 1/6 of an inch), and pt for point ( 1/72 of an inch).

The pica is also used in measuring the font capacity and is applied in the process of copyfitting. The font length is measured there by the number of characters per pica (cpp). As books are most often printed with proportional fonts, cpp of a given font is usually a fractional number. For example, a 11-point font (like Helvetica) may have 2.4 cpp, thus a 5-inch (30-pica) line of a usual octavo-sized (6×8 in) book page would contain around 72 characters (including spaces).

Picas
Symbol/abbreviation: p
Unit of: LENGTH
LENGTH's base unit: meters (SI Unit)
In relation to the base unit (meters), 1 Picas = 0.00423333333 meters.
[Conversion table] 1 Picas (p) to all length units
1 p= 2.3333333314906 agate [typography] (agate)
1 p= 0.0071294883441286 alens (aln)
1 p= 42333333.3 angstroms (Å)
1 p= 2.8298085461988E-14 astronomical unit (au)
1 p= 4.23333333E+15 attometers (am)
1 p= 3.5842293878588E-5 barleycorns (bcorn)
1 p= 4233333330 bicrons (μμ)
1 p= 79998437.76279 bohr radius (Bohr)
1 p= 2.2843567233475E-5 cable length uk (cbl[UK])
1 p= 1.9290123441601E-5 cable length us (cbl[US])
1 p= 16.666666653543 calibers (cal)
1 p= 16.666666653543 centiinch (cin)
1 p= 0.423333333 centimeters (cm)
1 p= 0.00021043771027201 chains (ch)
1 p= 0.0092592592519685 cubits (cbt)
1 p= 0.000423333333 decameters (dam)
1 p= 0.0423333333 decimeters (dm)
1 p= 11.259697079429 didot points (didot point)
1 p= 0.22222222204724 digits (digit)
1 p= 0.0037037037007874 ells (eel)
1 p= 1.0037500092471 ems (EM)
1 p= 4.23333333E-21 exameters (Em)
1 p= 0.0023148148129921 fathoms (fath)
1 p= 0.013888888877953 feet (ft)
1 p= 4233333330000 femtometers (fm)
1 p= 4233333330000 fermi (fermi)
1 p= 0.037037037007874 finger cloth (finer)
1 p= 0.19047619032621 fingerbreadth (fb)
1 p= 0.013477661031519 fods (fod)
1 p= 2.1043771027201E-5 furlongs (fur)
1 p= 4.23333333E-12 gigameters (Gm)
1 p= 0.00013744588733766 greek plethron (pleth)
1 p= 2.2882882864865E-5 greek stadion (std)
1 p= 0.041666666633858 hands (h)
1 p= 4.23333333E-5 hectometers (hm)
1 p= 423.333333 himetrics (hiMetric)
1 p= 0.0022322011085526 hvats (hvat)
1 p= 0.16666666653543 inches (in)
1 p= 4.23333333E-6 kilometers (km)
1 p= 1.3717865618924E-22 kiloparsecs (kpc)
1 p= 1.6344916332046E-16 light days (ld)
1 p= 3.9233858480074E-15 light hours (lh)
1 p= 2.3531591606448E-13 light minutes (lmin)
1 p= 5.4476043366362E-18 light months (lm)
1 p= 1.4120524783189E-11 light seconds (ls)
1 p= 4.4745093859E-19 light years (ly)
1 p= 2.0158730142857 lines (l)
1 p= 0.021043728939639 links (li)
1 p= 4.23333333E-9 megameters (Mm)
1 p= 0.00423333333 meters (m)
1 p= 166666.66653543 microinches (μin)
1 p= 4233.33333 micrometers (μm)
1 p= 4233333330 micromicrons (μμm)
1 p= 2.6304713784001E-6 miles (mi)
1 p= 4.23333333 millimeters (mm)
1 p= 166.66666653543 mils (mil)
1 p= 4.23333333E-7 myriameters (Mym)
1 p= 0.074074074015748 nails cloth (nail)
1 p= 4233333.33 nanometers (nm)
1 p= 7.6193904427646E-7 nautical leagues (Nl)
1 p= 2.2858171328294E-6 nautical miles (NM)
1 p= 0.0055555555511811 paces (pace)
1 p= 0.055555555511811 palms (palm)
1 p= 1.3719298981179E-19 parsecs (pc)
1 p= 0.00084175084108805 perch (perch)
1 p= 4.23333333E-18 petameters (Pm)
1 p= 1 picas (p)
1 p= 4233333330 picometers (pm)
1 p= 16.00000200315 pixels (PX)
1 p= 2.64583333125E+32 planck length (pl)
1 p= 11.999992431501 points (pt)
1 p= 0.00084175084108805 poles (pole)
1 p= 0.095238095163105 rack unit (ru)
1 p= 1.0000001251969 rems (rem)
1 p= 0.00084175084108805 rods (rd)
1 p= 0.00011924882619718 roman actus (actus)
1 p= 0.00069444444389764 ropes (rope)
1 p= 4.23333333E-7 scandinavian miles (mil[Scandinavian])
1 p= 0.018518518503937 spans (span)
1 p= 4.23333333E-15 terameters (Tm)
1 p= 166.66666653543 thou (th)
1 p= 239.99848800952 twips (twip)
1 p= 0.004888375669746 varas [Argentina] (vr[Argentina])
1 p= 0.005050494923847 varas [California] (vr[California])
1 p= 0.0048996913541667 varas [Latin America] (vr[Latin])
1 p= 0.0050515898546574 varas [Mexico] (vr[Mexico])
1 p= 0.005064401638952 varas [Spanish] (vr[Spanish])
1 p= 0.0049999803111011 varas [Texas] (vr[Texas])
1 p= 3.9682539651294E-6 versts (vst)
1 p= 42248666971.389 x unit (xu)
1 p= 0.0046296296259843 yards (yd)
1 p= 4.23333333E+21 yoctometers (ym)
1 p= 4.23333333E-27 yottameters (Ym)
1 p= 4.23333333E+18 zeptometers (zm)
1 p= 4.23333333E-24 zettameters (Zm)
1 p= 0.16666666653543 zolls (zoll)