FF Parable is a versatile text typeface. It was designed with small text sizes (between 6 and 10 point) in mind, which makes it perfect for dictionaries, stock listings, or bibles. Given that it is legible at small sizes, it will also function well larger; indeed some of the features influenced by small-scale functionality may prove to be interesting characteristics at larger sizes also: such as the dug-out shoulder junctions of h, n, m etc; the lowercase g with its thin mid-section; and the directionality of the serifs, which swell more on the left but are longer on the right, and have clipped corners (a novel form of serif, it is believed).
FF Parable has low stroke contrast, making it robust and adaptable to many circumstances. It has a proportionally large x-height, for optimum legibility in text. This means that it appears larger than many other types when set at the same size: for example, 8-point FF Parable may appear like 10-point compared to some other types. But FF Parable’s ascenders and descenders are relatively short (without seeming constricted), which means that, visually, FF Parable can be set with less interlinear space, thereby potentially proving economical in lengthy texts. The italic provides a strong, cursive contrast to the roman, and attention has been paid to giving it a distinct identity, with quite different forms for certain characters of punctuation. With small capitals, bold and extra bold weights, and both oldstyle and ranging numerals for each variant, FF Parable is equipped for all kinds of complex typography.
FF Parable is now used to typeset almost the whole range of printed editions of the Oxford English Dictionary. In the third edition of the Oxford Dictionary of English (2010), it is used throughout the volume, alongside Frutiger. It is also used in the Concise, Compact, Paperback, Pocket, Little, and Colour Oxford English Dictionary, as well as the Oxford Paperback Thesaurus.
FF Parable supports 63 different languages such as Spanish, English, Portuguese, German and French in Latin scripts. (Please note that not all languages are available for all formats.)