Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Using Ligatures and Other Fine Typography Effects
Select to use stylistic set variants
based on surrounding letters or words
Figure 10-3 In lieu of Live Preview showing changes in your document, the Preview box shows
the font name or the selected text using the current font settings.
OpenType typographic effects can be included in styles. For information about working
with styles, see “Giving Your Documents a Consistent Appearance” on page 224.
INSIDE OUT Find typographical features in fonts
Unfortunately, there’s no easy way to know which typographical effects are available in
a particular font. The most reliable method is to simply select some text and try
different settings, paying attention to the Preview box in the Font dialog box for clues. You
can also find clues in Fonts in Control Panel and by using the Character Map program.
To see whether a font uses old-style or lining numbers by default, double-click the font
in Fonts. The number form in the sample text is usually the default for that font.
Typically, old-style figures and proportional spacing go hand-in-hand, and lining figures
usually default to tabular spacing.
To see which ligatures, if any, are included in a font, open Character Map. Select the
font you’re interested in, and with Character Set set to Unicode and Group By set to
All (or with the Advanced View check box cleared), scroll to the end of the characters.
There you’ll usually see i and a few other ligatures. In this same area, a collection of
swirls and swashes give you an idea about the availability of stylistic sets.
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