Oldstyle Figures

The default numbers in most typefaces are called lining figures and are designed to be used in columns so that we can add them up. The problem is that lining numbers stand out too much in a line of type.

In terms of bang for your buck, there's nothing like using old-style numerals for giving your type a more sophisticated look. Old style figures are as tall as the x-height of your type and so have a better type color in body text than full-height "lining figures." Figures 3, 4, 5, 7, and 9 have descenders; while 6 and 8 have ascenders. There are four styles of numerals:

  • Tabular Lining and Tabular Oldstyle for use in tables.
  • Proportional Lining for use in text set in all caps
  • Proportional Oldstyle for use in body text.


Part I: Character Formats

Getting Started

Going with the Flow

Character Reference

Getting the Lead Out

Kern, Baby, Kern

Sweating the Small Stuff: Special Characters, White Space, and Glyphs

OpenType: The New Frontier in Font Technology

Part II: Paragraph Formats

Aligning Your Type

Paragraph Indents and Spacing

First Impressions: Creating Great Opening Paragraphs

Dont Fear the Hyphen

Mastering Tabs and Tables

Part III: Styles

Stylin with Paragraph and Character Styles

Mo Style

Part IV: Page Layout

Setting Up Your Document

Everything in Its Right Place: Using Grids

Text Wraps: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Type Effects



InDesign Type. Professional Typography with Adobe InDesign CS2
InDesign Type: Professional Typography with Adobe InDesign CS2
ISBN: 0321385446
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2004
Pages: 186
Authors: Nigel French

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