PHOTOSHOP - Show actual text block height

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Is there anyway to show the actual (selected) text block size in PS rather than the height defined by Show Transform Controls?

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GARY E LUND

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Hi Gary,

No there is not.  I am curious about what you're looking for, however, and with a good use-case, I'm sure we can look into adding such a capability.

Currently, the text engine selects all of the space that contains *something* text-related -- if you add decomposed accents, for instance, the box will become larger to accommodate them.  This is actually important for languages with distinct vowel markers, such as Arabic and Hindi.

Thanks,
David
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GARY E LUND

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Hi David,

We frequently deliver redlined documentation of our designs to developers. Within the documentation I provide instructions measuring in pixels from the text baseline to the next element. Developers have to calculate the actual text height and then subtract pixels to align to the documentation. Illustrator accurately displays the text height by bounding box, but Photoshop does not. Why?
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Hiya Gary,

So, you want us to display the height from the baseline of the text to the tallest character then?  Do you want to include accents or other additional characters?  What about accents below the line, such as ç or ţ?  You want this in lieu of the text box values?

Also, can you give us an idea of what workflow this might be used for.  How commonly would users have need of this?

Just trying to clarify and get a grip on what you're looking for,
Thanks,
David
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GARY E LUND

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Hi David,

I'm looking for a way to accurately convey spacial relationships between text blobs and other objects when providing redlines to developers. If I measure from the text baseline, and a developer uses this value for the CSS margin, this will render with an additional 7 pixels in the browser as illustrated in the attached. If Photoshop displayed the bounding box equal to the selected text height, this would provide a more accurate measurement.