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Chapter 4. TYPOGRAPHY IN FLASH FOR DEVICES > MINIML FONT NUMBER SYSTEM

MINIML FONT NUMBER SYSTEM

This section explains what the last four numbers of my fonts mean. It’s a way for the fonts to have a large range of visual style options that make some kind of sense.

The first two numbers correspond to the font height in pixels (hooge 05 _54). A font such as standard 07 would be seven pixels high. Copy 08 would be eight pixels high. This is useful in determining the actual size between fonts because the fonts are always set to the same point size. Remember: All fonts must be set at 8 points or any multiple of 8, as mentioned previously in the guidelines (see Figure 4.15).

Figure 4.15. Quick visual guide to the miniml font naming convention.


The third digit (hooge 05_ 5 4) corresponds to the typeface overall weight as follows:

5 Regular
6 Bold


The fourth digit (hooge 05_ 54 ) corresponds to the typeface style as follows:

3 Expanded
4 Expanded, More Letterspacing
5 Regular
6 Regular, More Letterspacing
7 Condensed
8 Condensed, More Letterspacing


For example, hooge 05_56 is the typeface I use on www.miniml.com. The name means it’s 5 pixels tall, regular weight, with more letterspacing than hooge 05_55. Hooge 05_66 would be the bold version of that font.

The reason I include versions of the typefaces with more letterspacing is because Flash does not allow you to set the letterspacing when you are using dynamic or input text. You can modify static text.

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