Latin-X™ Language Support

Most fonts contain the accents necessary to accommodate the major Western European languages, at the expense of the rest of the world. Type foundries have traditionally addressed these absences on an ad hoc basis, creating one-off variants like “CE” (Central European) which might handle Polish, Czech, Hungarian, or Romanian — but not necessarily all of them. Often ignored were major languages like Turkish, with fifty million speakers, and "minor" ones like Catalan — a language commonly neglected, yet more widely spoken than Danish.

Unlike legacy formats such as PostScript and TrueType, OpenType fonts are virtually limitless in the number of characters they can contain. In preparation for moving its library into OpenType, Hoefler & Co. established the Language Research Program in 2005, in order to develop updated specifications for its Latin-based character sets. The initial product of this research is our Latin-X™ character set, which expands the reach of a typeface to an additional 200,000,000 readers worldwide. This character set reflects not only a more accurate awareness of the political landscape of language, but the most up-to-date understanding of cultural norms.

Surveyor: Latin-X Character Set

The Latin-X™ character set covers Afaan Oromo, Afrikaans, Albanian, Alsatian, Aragonese, Arapaho, Arrernte, Asturian, Aymara, Basque, Bislama, Blackfoot, Bosnian, Breton, Catalan, Cebuano, Chamorro, Cheyenne, Cimbrian, Corsican, Croatian, Czech, Dalecarlian, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Faroese, Fijian, Filipino, Finnish, French, Frisian, Friulian, Galician, Gallegan, Genoese, German, Glosa, Guarani, Haitian Creole, Hawaiian, Hiligaynon, Hmong Daw, Hopi, Hungarian, Ibanag, Icelandic, Ilokano, Indonesian, Interlingua, Irish, Irish Gaelic, Istro-Romanian, Italian, Japanese transliteration, Jèrriais, Kapampangan, Kashubian, Kiribati, Koongo, Korean transliteration, Kurdish, Ladin (Gardena), Ladin (Valle di Badia), Languedocien, Latin, Latvian, Lithuanian, Lojban, Lombard, Low Saxon, Lower Sorbian, Luxembourgeois, Macedo-Romanian, Malagasy, Malay (Latinized), Maltese, Manx, Maori, Marshallese, Megleno-Romanian, Míkmaq, Mohawk, Montenegrin (Latinized), Náhuatl, Naxi (Latinized), Norfolk/Pitcairnese, Norwegian, Nyanja, Occitan, Oromo, Pangasinan, Papiamento, Pedi, Piedmontese, Polish, Portuguese, Potawatomi, Quechua, Romanian, Romansch, Rotokas, Rundi, Saint Lucia Creole, Inari Sami, Lule Sami, Samoan, Sardinian, Scots Gaelic, Serbian (Latinized), Seychelles Creole, Shona, Sicilian, Slovak, Slovene, Somali, Sorbian, South Ndebele, Southern Sotho, Spanish, Swahili, Swati, Swedish, Tagalog, Tahitian, Tausug, Tetum, Tok Pisin, Tongan, Tswana, Turkish, Turkmen (Latinized), Tuvalu, Upper Sorbian, Uyghur (Latinized), Veps, Volapük, Votic, Walloon, Walpiri, Welsh, Xhosa, Zhuang, and Zulu.

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Features

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    Optical Sizes. To preserve the typefaces’ delicate features, each of Surveyor’s styles is provided in three different versions to tackle different size ranges.

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    Smart Swashes. Surveyor’s swash caps and swash small caps feature built-in intelligence that helps automatically improve the rhythm of text.

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    Stylistic Sets. Surveyor uses an advanced feature of OpenType-savvy applications, allowing designers to transform the look of the font with a single click.

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    Numerics. For tables and charts, Surveyor Text and ScreenSmart include a “Numeric” range that contains tabular figures, fractions, and extended symbols.

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    Language Support. OpenType editions of Surveyor contain our Latin-X™ character set, covering more than 140 languages throughout the world — including all of Central Europe.

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