A width between Regular and Condensed?

dan_reynolds's picture

Is there a type width between Regular and Condensed?

If there would be such a width, would it be too much of a splitting hairs sort of thing for users to understand?

I've got a typeface in the works whose regular width is just too extended for my tastes. But for certain reasons, it has to be labeled the "regular" width. I have condensed weights too, which aren't really all that condensed, but are narrower than the regular.

Short of renaming my axis points (which isn't a possibility here), is there a proper name for a width that would lie between these two points?

Si_Daniels's picture

How about semi/demi condensed, compressed, squished or narrow?

Palatine's picture


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Si_Daniels's picture

Maybe a system could be based on opera performers - waif through to fat lady?

pattyfab's picture

I'd call it narrow.

There is such a range of "condensed" fonts from those that barely look condensed at all to the ultra skinny.

Thomas Phinney's picture

In several families, Adobe has called it "semicondensed."


dan_reynolds's picture

Si: compressed, squished or narrow?

A lot of bigger font families already use compressed and narrow variants, which are all less wide than the condensed, if I remember correctly. So calling the intermediary weight one of these would only add to the increasingly confusing landscape of font naming.

Thomas: In several families, Adobe has called it “semicondensed.”

Thank you! I should have remembered that some Adobe fonts had this. I'm glad that there is a specific naming precendent.

k.l.'s picture

In the specs for the OS/2-table, usWidthClass mentions this:

1  Ultra-condensed  (50% of normal)
2  Extra-condensed  (62.5% of normal)
3  Condensed  (75% of normal)
4  Semi-condensed  (87.5% of normal)
5  Medium (normal)  (100%)
6  Semi-expanded  (112.5% of normal)
7  Expanded  (125% of normal)
8  Extra-expanded  (150% of normal)
9  Ultra-expanded  (200% of normal)
The addition of % sounds a bit like over-regulation ... (CSS2 font specs mention the same table without the %-values.)

Even when choosing different names, I find it helpful to see that it employs the same scheme as for weights, with 'ultra', 'extra', 'semi'.

TBiddy's picture

I would use this system:

Plus-Size model

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