Stylistic Sets

In sophisticated applications such as InDesign, it’s easier than ever to use Surveyor’s wealth of alternate characters.

Traditionally, designers have had to hunt for a font’s alternates in a vast palette of glyphs, from which individual characters could be inserted one at a time. Surveyor takes advantage of Stylistic Sets, a powerful OpenType feature that allows related groups of characters to be introduced throughout the text, making it easy to alter the mood of the typography with a single click.

Surveyor: Alternates

Alternate Forms

Ampersands with descending tails were popular in commercial engraving, appearing on stock certificates and banknotes throughout the nineteenth century. All of Surveyor’s italics feature this construction as an alternate, invoked by activating Stylistic Set 4.

Surveyor’s italics feature a non-descending f, characteristic of the “stump style” lettering used by mapmakers. A more traditional typographic construction is available in Stylistic Set 2, which adds a descender to the f, the fifteen f-ligatures, and the German eszett (ß).

Commercial engravers popularized an alternate form of the lowercase g with an open loop and an antenna-like ear. We’ve included this pyrotechnic form in all of Surveyor’s italics, available as Stylistic Set 3.

Surveyor: Fractions

Stacked Fractions

Surveyor Text contains two mechanisms for building fractions, featuring both diagonal and horizontal fraction bars. (In the composing room, these were affectionately known as “mutton” and “nut” fractions, from their relationship to the proportions of the fonts’ em-space and en-space.) Surveyor’s OpenType fraction feature converts numbers separated by slashes into fractions, and Stylistic Set 6 rearranges these fractions about a horizontal bar. Stacked fractions support single or double digits on either side of the fraction bar; diagonal fractions can be of any length.

Surveyor: Swashes

Swash Override

Surveyor’s swashes are automated to help manage character collisions and erratic spacing. These rules can be overriden by Stylistic Set 8, which enables all swashes, regardless of their context. This technique is especially useful when letterspacing swash capitals, where tracking offers a natural buffer between letters.

Surveyor: Punctuation

Raised Punctuation

Standard punctuation marks are designed to accommodate the position and scale of the lowercase. When using the all caps OpenType setting, Surveyor substitutes alternate versions of the hyphen, en dash, em dash, parentheses, brackets, braces, and guillemets, which are raised to align with its capitals. Stylistic Set 7 also activates these characters, along with a raised colon that’s useful when indicating the time.

Surveyor: Symbols

Registered Trademark Symbol

The standard symbol for a registered trademark is superscripted, to align with the symbols for trademark and servicemark. Surveyor includes an alternate form that matches the height of the copyright and publishing symbols, available through Stylistic Set 1.

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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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