Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Using Ligatures and Other Fine Typography Effects
Number Spacing Proportional numbers have varying widths; because that
generally looks better, proportionally spaced numbers are usually used for numbers within
text. Tabular numbers all have the same width (more accurately, they all occupy the
same space, as the numbers themselves look the same), which is useful for tables of
numerical data because the digits align vertically. As with number forms, each font
has a default setting. For example, Candara, Constantia, and Corbel default to
proportional spacing, whereas Cambria, Calibri, and Consolas use tabular spacing by
default.
Proportional
Tabular
Stylistic Sets Some fonts include letter combinations with swashes and other lairs
that can be used for decorative text in titles and on certificates, for example. Fonts
that include stylistic sets often include more than one, with each one identified by an
arbitrary number.
Gabriola
stylistic set 1
Gabriola
stylistic set 4
Gabriola
stylistic set 6
Stylistic sets are best reserved for occasional decorative text, such as a title or
heading. Getting just the right look often requires much experimentation. You’ll
sometimes want to apply stylistic sets on a letter-by-letter basis.
These typographical effects are available only with OpenType fonts and, more specifically,
only certain OpenType fonts. You’re likely to find these features in the newer fonts included
with Windows and with Office, including Calibri, Cambria, Constantia, Corbel, and Gabriola.
You apply any of these typographic effects in much the same way as you apply any other
text format: you select the text, open the Font dialog box, and apply format settings.
Click the arrow in the lower right corner of the Font group on the Home tab or press
Ctrl+Shift+F to open the Font dialog box, and then click the Advanced tab, which is shown
in Figure 10-3. Make your selections under OpenType Features.
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