Emigre OpenType fonts may contain the following features. Accessing these features requires an application which supports OpenType typographic features, such as Adobe InDesign 1.5 and above or Adobe Photoshop 6 and above.
Small Caps and Petite Caps
Small Caps and Petite Caps are small versions of the normal capitals which are designed to be visually compatible with the lowercase characters. These are often used for emphasis within lowercase text where the use of regular capitals would be too obtrusive.
Although many page layout programs can mechanically generate small caps by scaling the standard caps, small caps generated in this way appear too light next to the standard caps because the stem weights of these characters are also reduced by the scaling:
Therefore, to achieve small caps that are visually compatible with the standard caps, they must be optically corrected:
Alternate forms are designed to provide visual interest for short texts and headlines.
Some ligatures are designed to avoid the collision of particular letter combinations, while other ligatures are artistic expressions that can add a sense of customized uniqueness to the setting.
Ordinals are superior letterforms that are used for specifying the position in a numbered series, and in certain English, French and Spanish abbreviations.
Old Style Numerals
Old Style Numerals, also called "non-lining," have ascenders and descenders like the lowercase letters, with emphasis along the x-height, thus creating a more even appearance than lining numerals when used within lowercase text.
Lining Numerals are aligned with the height of the capital letters.
Tabular numerals (shown below, left) are monospaced, making them ideal for use in annual report columns and other tabular applications.
Proportional numbers (shown above, right) are not monospaced, thereby creating a more even appearance when used within text.
Superior and Inferior Numbers
Superior numbers are aligned above the top of the capitals, and inferior numbers are aligned below the baseline. These numbers are used for footnote references, chemical compounds, and mathematical exponents.
Numerator and Denominator Numbers
Numerator numbers are aligned with the top of the capitals, and denominator numbers are aligned with the baseline. These numbers are useful for footnotes or to construct arbitrary fractions (see below).
Construct any fraction by connecting the numerator and denominator numbers with the slash.