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Proportional figures for text, fixed-width figures for tables, fractions and symbols and more; they’re all inside.

Mercury Text: Tabular and Proportional Figures

Tabular Figures

Like letters, numbers are proportional: they vary in width according to their shapes, from the narrow 1 to the wide 0. These variations help numbers sympathize with the natural rhythms of the alphabet, making their appearance in text less conspicuous. But this practice introduces problems when used for tables, since the width of each number will vary depending on its digits. Enter tabular figures.

For this reason, each of the Mercury Numeric fonts features a full set of tabular figures, built on a fixed width to ensure that columns of data align correctly. (These “Numeric” styles are included in the Pro edition of any grade of Mercury Text, and also in the Mercury Complete package.)

Mercury Text: Duplexing

Duplexed Weights and Symbols

Mercury’s tabular figures maintain the same character widths throughout the complete range of weights, styles, and grades, an essential feature for when boldface is used to highlight an entire line (as is common in stock listings and sports statistics.) In each of Mercury’s styles, the fractions, monetary symbols, and mathematical operators are built on matching widths, so that a price expressed in dollars won’t affect the grid when the currency is recalculated in Euros.

Mercury Text: Fractions


Each of the Numeric fonts includes readymade “case fractions” in denominations of halves, thirds, fourths, fifths, sixths, and eighths. Also included is a full set of numerators and denominators, all properly kerned to the fraction bar, for creating custom fractions. OpenType versions of Mercury Text also include superscripts and subscripts, useful for both footnotes and scientific formulae.

Mercury Text: Extended Monetary Symbols

Extended Monetary Symbols

In addition to the standard monetary symbols included in all Hoefler & Co. fonts (dollar, Euro, pounds sterling, yen, guilders, and cents) the Mercury Numeric fonts include an additional eight symbols for the Baht, Colon, Naira, Peso, Rupee, Rupiah, Won, and Sheqel.

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    Grades. Because type reacts to paper, Mercury has been produced in four different “grades” to give designers total control over their media.

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    Efficiency. With the hardscrabble environment of the newspaper column in mind, Mercury has been designed to be as space-efficient as possible.

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    Range. Mercury’s family tree was carefully planned with actual editorial uses in mind, uses which helped shape the design of its italics, small caps, and boldface.

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

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    Symbols. Mercury contains a wealth of special characters, from directional arrows and pointing fists to ballot boxes and suits of cards.

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    Language Support. Mercury Text features our Latin-X™ character set, covering more than 140 languages throughout the world — including all of Central Europe.

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