Documentation: Whitney Font Family

Character Set

Whitney is available in the three editions Basic, Advanced, and Pro, each containing a progressively larger set of styles and characters:

Whitney
Basic
Whitney
Advanced
Whitney
Pro
Letters Capitals
Lowercase
Capitals
Lowercase
Roman Small Caps1
Italic Small Caps1
Capitals
Lowercase
Roman Small Caps1
Italic Small Caps1
Numbers Lining Figures Lining Figures
Old-Style Figures
Lining Figures
Old-Style Figures
Tabular Lining Figures
Fractions
Numerators
Denominators
Superscripts
Subscripts
Special Characters Stylistic Alternates Stylistic Alternates
Contextual Punctuation
Stylistic Alternates
Contextual Punctuation
Extended Monetary
Tabular Monetary
Tabular Commercial
Tabular Math
Numerical Indices
Alphabetic Indices1

Font Features

Whitney contains the following font features, available in supporting applications.5

Activated by:
Accents Both Latin-1 and Latin-X accents are accessible from the keyboard4
Small Caps2 Activated by the "Small Caps" OpenType feature5
Lining Figures2 Provided as the default in each font style, or activated by the "Proportional Lining" OpenType feature5
Old-Style Figures Activated by the "Proportional Oldstyle" OpenType feature5
Tabular Figures3 Activated by the "Tabular Lining Figures" OpenType feature5
Indices3 Provided as the "Whitney Index" family. Double-digit indices can be produced by selecting one of the four "Index Light" styles, activating the "Contextual Alternates" OpenType feature5, and typing two characters
Fractions3 All possible fraction combinations are automatically inserted inline once the "Fractions" OpenType feature is activated5
Numerators &
Denominators3
Activated by the "Numerator" and "Denominator" OpenType features5
Superscripts &
Subscripts3
Full set of super- and subscripts are activated by the "Superior" and "Inferior" OpenType features3,5
Ligatures Whitney’s non-colliding lowercase f obviates the need for f-ligatures, but the ligatures fi, fl, ff, ffi, and ffl are included for backward-compatibility
Stylistic Alternates All alternate characters are included, and can be activated by the "Stylistic Alternates"5 or "Stylistic Sets"6 OpenType features, or selected manually from the glyph palette
Extended Monetary3 Accessible from the glyph palette, or from the keyboard under appropriate localizations4
Contextual Punctuation2 Small cap punctuation is activated by the "All Small Caps" OpenType feature5
Tabular Symbols3 Activated by the "Tabular Lining Figures" OpenType feature5

Stylistic Sets

Whitney contains the following Stylistic Sets, available in supporting applications.6

Description Behavior
01 Flat Terminals1
Whitney Stylistic Set Feature
Flattens the angled ends of non-projecting strokes
Affects capital and small cap A, E, F, G, K, L, Q [alternate], R, T, V, W, W [alternate], X, Y, Z, Æ, Œ, and their accents; lowercase f, k, t, v, w, x, y, z, and their accents; figures 2, 3 [regular and alternate], 4 [alternate], 5, and 7 in all forms as applicable (old-style, lining, tabular, fractions, superior/inferior, numerator/denominator, fractions); ampersand, exclamation marks, guillemets, brackets, parentheses, braces, registered symbol, trademark symbol, number sign, percent sign, sterling, Euro, yen, sheqel, naira, peso, won, rupiah, and rupee in all forms (lining, small cap, and tabular, as applicable); ordinal a and o
08 Alternate g7
(italic)
Whitney Stylistic Set Feature
Substitutes the ‘two-storey’ lowercase g in italic styles
Affects lowercase g and related accents
09 Alternate a7
(italic)
Whitney Stylistic Set Feature
Substitutes the ‘two-storey’ lowercase a in italic styles
Affects lowercase a and related accents
10 Alternate M7
Whitney Stylistic Set Feature
Substitutes the ‘flat-sided’ capital M
Affects capital and small cap M, trademark symbol, and servicemark symbol
11 Alternate Q7
Whitney Stylistic Set Feature
Substitutes the ‘non-descending’ capital Q
Affects capital and small cap Q
12 Alternate U7
Whitney Stylistic Set Feature
Substitutes the ‘asymmetric’ capital U
Affects capital and small cap U, and related accents
13 Alternate W7
Whitney Stylistic Set Feature
Substitutes the ‘intersecting’ capital W
Affects capital and small cap W, and related accents
14 Alternate g7
(roman)
Whitney Stylistic Set Feature
Substitutes the ‘single-storey’ lowercase g in roman styles
Affects lowercase g and related accents
15 Alternate 37
Whitney Stylistic Set Feature
Substitutes the ‘flat-topped’ figure 3
Affects lining and old-style figure 3
16 Alternate 47
Whitney Stylistic Set Feature
Substitutes the ‘open-topped’ figure 4
Affects lining figure 4
17 Curly quotes2,5
Whitney Stylistic Set Feature
Substitutes the ‘curled’ quotes
Affects the comma, semicolon, single quotes, double quotes, and baseline quotes
18 Large ®7
Whitney Stylistic Set Feature
Substitutes the full-height registered symbol
19 Cyrillic alternates5,6
Whitney Stylistic Set Feature
Substitutes ‘straight-legged’ variants of curved Cyrillic letters
Affects the Д, Л, Љ, д, л, and љ in all romans; Д, Л, and Љ in all italics

Language Support

All editions of Whitney include the Latin-X™, Greek, and Cyrillic-X™ character sets, supporting Abaza, Adyghe, Afaan Oromo, Afrikaans, Aghul, Albanian, Alsatian, Aragonese, Arapaho, Archi, Arrernte, Asturian, Avar, Aymara, Azeri, Bashkir, Basque, Belarusan, Bislama, Blackfoot, Bosnian, Bosnian (Cyrillized), Breton, Bulgarian, Russia Buriat, Catalan, Cebuano, Chamorro, Chechen (Cyrillized), Cheyenne, Chuvash, Cimbrian, Corsican, Crimean Turkish, Croatian, Czech, Dalecarlian, Danish, Dargwa, Dungan, Dutch, English, Erzya, Estonian, Faroese, Fijian, Filipino, Finnish, French, Frisian, Friulian, Galician, Gallegan, Genoese, German, Glosa, Greek, Guarani, Haitian Creole, Hawaiian, Hiligaynon, Hmong Daw, Hopi, Hungarian, Ibanag, Icelandic, Ilokano, Indonesian, Ingush, Interlingua, Irish, Irish Gaelic, Istro-Romanian, Italian, Japanese transliteration, Jèrriais, Juhuri, Kabardian, Kalmyk, Kapampangan, Karachay-Balkar, Kashubian, Kazakh, Khalkha (Cyrillized), Kirghiz, Kiribati, Komi, Komi-Permyak, Koongo, Korean transliteration, Kumyk, Kurdish, Ladin (Gardena), Ladin (Valle di Badia), Lak, Languedocien, Latin, Latvian, Lezgi, Lithuanian, Lojban, Lombard, Low Saxon, Lower Sorbian, Luxembourgeois, Macedo-Romanian, Macedonian, Malagasy, Malay (Latinized), Maltese, Manx, Maori, Hill Mari, Meadow Mari, Marshallese, Megleno-Romanian, Míkmaq, Mohawk, Moksha, Moldovan (Cyrillized), Mongolian, Montenegrin (Cyrillized), Montenegrin (Latinized), Náhuatl, Nanai, Naxi (Latinized), Nogai, Norfolk/Pitcairnese, Norwegian, Nyanja, Occitan, Old Russian, Oromo, Ossetian, Pangasinan, Papiamento, Pedi, Piedmontese, Polish, Portuguese, Potawatomi, Quechua, Romanian, Romansch, Rotokas, Rundi, Russian, Rusyn, Rutul, Saint Lucia Creole, Inari Sami, Lule Sami, Samoan, Sardinian, Scots Gaelic, Serbian (Cyrillized), Serbian (Latinized), Seychelles Creole, Shona, Sicilian, Slovak, Slovene, Somali, Sorbian, South Ndebele, Southern Altai, Southern Sotho, Spanish, Swahili, Swati, Swedish, Tabassaran, Tagalog, Tahitian, Tajik, Tatar (Cyrillized), Tati, Tausug, Tetum, Tok Pisin, Tongan, Tsakhur, Tswana, Tundra Yukaghir, Turkish, Turkmen (Cyrillized), Turkmen (Latinized), Tuvalu, Tuvin, Udi, Udmurt, Ukrainian, Upper Sorbian, Uyghur (Cyrillized), Uyghur (Latinized), Uzbek, Veps, Vilamovian, Volapük, Votic, Walloon, Walpiri, Welsh, Xhosa, Zhuang, and Zulu.

See also: Extended Language Support in Whitney.


Localization

Whitney contains the following language localizations, available to users of OpenType fonts within supporting applications.8

Localized Characters
Bulgarian8 Text with language system tag “BGR” substitutes Bulgarian variants of the characters Л, Ф, в, г, д, ж, и, й, к, л, п, т, ц, ш, щ, and ю in all romans; and Л, Ф, в, д, ж, к, and ю in all italics
Serbian/Macedonian8 Text with language system tags “SRB” or “MKD” substitutes Serbian/Macedonian variants of the character б in all romans; and б, г, д, п, т and ш in all italics
Turkish Text with language system tag “TRK” maps dotted and dotless I (i/İ, ı/I) to corresponding capitals and small capitals, when activating the “All Caps” or “Small Caps” OpenType features5

See also: Cyrillic Localization in Whitney.


1. Applicable to Latin characters only.

2. Advanced and Pro editions only.

3. Pro edition only.

4. Keyboard support may vary by locale, operating system, and application.

5. Requires application software supporting OpenType Features.

6. Requires application software supporting OpenType Stylistic Sets.

7. Character substitution can also be effected using the “Stylistic Alternates” OpenType feature, in supporting applications.

8. Requires application software supporting OpenType language system tags.

Features

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    Economy. Whitney was designed to work in crowded environments, so its shapes are especially space-efficient in text sizes.

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    Clarity. The brief for Whitney included a range of signage applications, so its forms were shaped with both distance reading and material fabrication in mind.

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    Indices. Whether it’s enumerating the steps in a recipe or marking key places on a map, a set of circled numbers comes in handy. The Whitney Index package includes these, pre-made, in sixteen different styles.

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    Numerics. For tables and charts, each of Whitney’s styles offers a companion “Numeric” range that contains tabular figures and fractions.

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    Stylistic Sets. Whitney 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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    Extended Language Support. All editions of Whitney include the Latin-X™, Greek, and Cyrillic-X™ character sets, together covering more than 200 languages worldwide.

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