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What are OpenType features?

OpenType technonlogy makes it possible for a single font file to contain a large number of different glyphs and the OpentType features make sure the user can access all these glyphs. The user's keyboard does not have an actual key to enter all the glyphs that are possibly present in a given font file. Instead the OT feature changes the glyphs input by the user into those that are otherwise only accessible through the glyph palette. A good example for this would be small caps. With the push of a button the Small Caps feature (smcp) changes lower case characters into small caps. A different feature (c2sc) makes sure the user can change upper case letters into small caps. If you are interested in the more technical aspects of OpenType technology check out <>

A complete list of features you may find in our fonts
The Glyph Set page in the catalog section of this website will show a complete list of every glyph contained in every font in our retail library.
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Includes a basic glyph complement containing A-Z letterforms. Not all Kombinat-Typefounders fonts have upper case and lower case characters. figures, accented characters, and punctuation. These fonts also contain currency symbols (cent, dollar, euro, florin, pound sterling, yen), standard ligatures (fi, fl), common fractions (1/4, 1/2, 3/4), common mathematics operators, superscript numerals (1,2,3), common delimiters and conjoiners, and other symbols (including daggers, trademark, registered trademark, copyright, sound recording copyright, paragraph and section mark).

Read more about the Basic Character Set it's character set and all supported languages…
Language support for modern Greek. This character set is based on ISO/IEC 8859-7
Based on the standard ISO-8859-5 the Cyrillic character set supports Slavic languages (Belarusian, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Russian, Rusyn, Serbian, and Ukrainian) as well as many other languages of the former Soviet Union, Asia and Eastern Europe.
Ligatures are designed to correct awkward combinations where letters may collide. This font contains an extended set of ligatures beyond the basic "fi" and "fl" ligatures found in most fonts. These special ligatures can include "Th", "ss", "ffl", "tt" and other special letter combinations.
Several fonts include additional ligatured forms, alternate lowercase letters, and lowercase within uppercase combined forms. The alternate forms were designed to give words a slightly more animated and informal appearance and to lend more interest to type composition. Because of their decorative quality, they are best used in moderation.
These letterforms are smaller versions of the normal capitals and are designed to be visually compatible with the lowercase characters of a typeface. They can be used to introduce the first few words at the beginning of a story, or to highlight key words within text. They are also commonly used when setting acronyms or abbreviations, such as FBI, IRS or MADD, in text.
Swash capitals, which originated in the italic handwriting of the Italian Renaissance, were adapted as letterforms during the early sixteenth century. Since then, swash letters have evolved along with new handwriting and typeface styles. Swash capitals can be used effectively for expressive passages of text, or for titles and signage when an elegant touch is called for.
These figures are designed with ascenders and descenders and have features and proportions compatible with the lowercase characters of the typeface. Oldstyle figures, also known as hanging figures, are typically used for text settings because they blend in well with the optical flow and rhythm of the lowercase alphabet. Fonts with oldstyle figures include both proportional and tabular versions.
Numerals where all figures are of the same heigh, rest on the baseline and are of even height, usually matching the capital letters in the font.
Tabular numerals each have the same total character width. Tabular spacing (also referred to as monospacing) allows numerals to align vertically in tables, financial statements and other situations when figures are positioned in columns on top of each other.
Inferior figures, also known as subscript letterforms, are used for footnote references, chemical compounds, and as mathematical exponents.
Superior figures, also known as superscript letterforms, are used for footnote references, chemical compounds, and as mathematical exponents.
These fonts contain superior letterforms that are used when creating ordinals, which specify position in a numbered series, and in certain English, French and Spanish abbreviations, such as Madame, compagnie, and segundo.
Includes the new euro currency symbol, which represents the standard currency in 11 European Union member countries. Most of our OpenType fonts also include symbols for cent, dollar, florin, pound sterling and yen. Some may also include the symbols for the colon, franc, lira, peseta, and rupiah. Some will also include oldstyle versions of most of the monetary symbols which are designed to be compatible with the oldstyle figures.
Theses fonts include an expanded set of the most commonly used diagonal fractions beyond 1/4, 1/2 and 3/4 and may include additional fractions such as 1/8, 3/8, 5/8, 7/8, 1/3, and 2/3. Some of our OpenType fonts also support the creation of arbitrary fractions.
This font contains a significant set of "nut" or "stacked" fractions that feature a horizontal bar separating the numerator and denominator.
Throughout history, type designers have created printer"s ornaments to accompany their typefaces. These ornaments add a personal signature to the type family and can be used as title page decoration, paragraph markers, dividers for blocks of text, or as repeated bands and borders. Common ornaments include flowers, leaves, bullets, brackets, and contemporary graphic decorations.

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