Here’s a glossary of common type terminology, which along with the FAQs may answer many font related questions. If the information you need isn’t here, call us.
- The common German name for the bold weight in a type family; the black weight is called "fett".
- Guidelines added to a font to help it print and display more consistently at small sizes. Most fonts contain some form of hinting, ranging from very cursory to very thorough.
See Delta hinting.
- An intermediary style between oldstyle figures and lining figures, hybrid figures are somewhat smaller than the capital letters and have a consistent body size, yet some parts extend slightly upwards and downwards.
When the different figure sets are built-in as OpenType features, certain (older) operating systems and applications will only be able to access the default figures.