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Didot point
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unit, text A variant of the point, equal to 0.3759 mm, or
1/72 of a French Royal inch (27.07 mm), or about 1/68 inch.
Didot points are used in Europe. This unit is named after the
French printer Francois Ambroise Didot (1730 - 1804) who
defined the "point-based" typographical measurement system.