Type File Recognition

cristian butcovich's picture

Hi everyone,

could any one of you help me out to really and once and for all understand the file nomenclature use for fonts?

For example this one


Is the T stands for "Text" or it stands for one of the many publisher or type foundry?

Please advise

Thank you very much

bowfinpw's picture

It would be nice if there were a standard, but I don't think that is the case. Sometimes 'T' would indicate Tabular numerals that line up. Sometimes it could be the weight, like Text, Bold, Ultra. It can often be the foundry designation, like ScriptMT, which originates with Monotype (MT), or 'BT', which is usually Bitstream. 'LT' is usually Linotype.

I think the purpose is to identify font files with a unique name, especially for families, so that the software picks the right file in PS1 fonts that use two files to create the entire font data. That's my understanding, at least.

- Mike Yanega

cristian butcovich's picture

I agree with you if some sort of standardization would be adopted in the future could help sort out this things.

I knew about the LT MT and so on but the T seems to call out for Text but I am not sure. I have find it in many font family, but can figure out what is the purpose of it.

Thank you Mike


Michel Boyer's picture

According to http://www.sanskritweb.net/fontdocs/typeworks1.pdf, "Kûrzel in obigen Schriftnamen: T = Text-Schrift, D=Display-Schrift".

Thomas Phinney's picture

It's a URW typeface. In their nomenclature:




Florian Hardwig's picture

See also this great list by Yves:
The abbreviatd typographer

cristian butcovich's picture

Thank you all for your input.

I will check the links and also to respond to Thomas post, yes I noticed that many URW typefaces use that sort of nomenclature. So I guess when I see that sort of naming system I should assume it is a URW typeface.

Again thank you all very much for time.



Thomas Phinney's picture

"So I guess when I see that sort of naming system I should assume it is a URW typeface."

Most likely, yes—though of course there are a lot of typefaces out there!



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