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As most of you are likely aware, the tools and
technology surrounding type design have changed at
an impressive clip in the last few years. The days of
Fontographer and Quark 4 are long gone. As a result,
the types we license have changed as well. OpenType
fonts with rich features are becoming common, though
they're still far from mainstream. With this change we've
become friendly with new programs (FontLab & InDesign)
but only slightly familiar with how to speak of these new fonts.
Is a single file with Small Caps, CE accents, Cyrillic, Greek and
6 styles of numerals really a single font? 4 years ago that might
have been 12 fonts. How about "Pro" or "Basic"? Do we need
language we can all agree on before we slide into the confusions
of SC, LF, OSF, Expert etc?
Just my thoughts on this Friday afternoon