For fonts that contain either Central European, Cyrillic or Greek character sets, the full range of these languages is listed below.
Latin Extended-A (Central European):*
Azerbaijani (also requires some glyphs from Latin Extended-A)
Pinyin (Mandarin Romanization)
Central Siberian Yupik
Old Church Slavonic
Sá mi, Kildin
* Also requires Latin-1.
** Also require Greek.
† Also require Latin-1 & Greek.
‡ Also require Cyrillic.
OpenType is a cross-platform font format that was created by the combined efforts of Microsoft and Adobe. In addition to allowing you to use the same font file on your Mac or PC, using OpenType means you no longer have to make the sometimes confusing decision between whether to use TrueType or PostScript. The basic OpenType format offers more or less the same features as PostScript and TrueType formats (which can only contain a character set with a maximum of 256 glyphs.)
The OpenType format, however, is also capable of supporting expanded character sets containing thousands of characters or glyphs. These fonts are often designated as "Pro" on our website and require specific applications including Adobe Creative Suite to access the expanded character sets and Opentype features such as ligatures, alternates, small caps, swashes, special numerals, historical forms and ornaments. In addition to providing layout features for enhanced typography, OpenType offers support for greater linguistic support. Pro fonts often include a full range of accented characters to support central and eastern European languages, such as Turkish and Polish. Some Pro fonts also contain Cyrillic and Greek character extensions in the same font.
A ligature is a special character that combines two (or sometimes three) letters into a single character. This feature automatically substitutes ligature glyphs for letter combinations where characters might otherwise "collide". Common ligatures are: fi, fl, ffi, ffl.
Preferred Ligatures for typographical purposes and user defined ligatures used for special effect such as ct, st, Th
a ligature glyph which is preferred for typographical purposes. This feature will substitute specific combination of letters in a script font which overlap awkwardly with a more pleasing combination.
Ligatures that were in common use in past, but appear out of date such as the long s combinations.
Proper Small Caps are capitals that are reduced in size but are the same weight as the rest of the font and a bit wider proportionally from the Capitals.
Feature that replaces Capitals with Small Capitals.
Ornate alternate Capitals.
Stylized letterforms with extended strokes.
Feature that applies swash characters contextually or in a specified combination with other characters.
Feature that applies alternate variations contextually or in a specified context.
Alternate glyphs for a purely esthetic effect.
Modern style arabic numerals where all figures are of the same height and rest on the baseline.
Style of arabic Numerals where the characters appear at different heights.
Numerals spaced in varied widths depending on the character.
Monowidth numerals where all figures have identical widths.
Letterforms that replace lining or oldstyle figures primarily for footnote indication and French abbreviations.
Letterforms which sit lower than the standard baseline, primarily for chemical or mathematical notation.
A function that substitutes either upper or lowercase characters with Subscript characters (letters or numerals) that are positioned lower than the text on the line.
This features creates Superscripted glyphs when using ordinal numbers such 1st or 2nd as well as the Spanish Segunda/Segundo.
A feature that creates fractions in place of common slash characters.
The top part of a fraction. This feature substitutes designed numerator glyphs for numbers.
The bottom part of a fraction. This feature substitutes designed numerator glyphs for numbers.
Ornamental glyphs or Dingbats.
Letterforms that were in common use in the past such as the 'long s'.
Characters that are language specific or used by individual communities.
Diacritics and Characters needed for Central European languages. See Latin Extended A below.
Characters and Diacritics needed for Cyrillic.
Characters and Diacritics needed for Greek.