Pairing weights for use in Microsoft Office

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Sam Moore's picture
Joined: 15 Mar 2013 - 6:06pm
Pairing weights for use in Microsoft Office

Hi everyone,

I recently built my first small font family using FLS 5, and reading through these forums has helped me along tremendously. I'm running into some issues with font naming recently that I haven't had the luck of getting resolved by reading what's already here, so I thought I'd reach out.

Essentially what I'm trying to create is a family of six styles that appear in Adobe applications as styles 300–800. This is working great, but I'm also wondering if it's possible create three pairs with a regular & bold relationship, without having to change the family name. Ideally I'd like to pair off 300 & 600, 400 & 700, and 500 & 800, with the first style being considered a "regular" weight in the Microsoft Office, and the second style being considered "bold." I've noticed that many large font families have only one weight with the "font is bold" box checked, and I'm wondering if this is just a technical limitation.

Is there a way to be make it so that end users can easily hit the bold button for the styles 300, 400, and 500 and end up with the correct "bold" style being displayed, without affecting how the styles appear in Adobe applications? If not, is there a way to disable the ability to auto-bold so that the bold button in Office at least does nothing?

Any advice would be really helpful, and please let me know if this info is already somewhere in the forums so I can read up.

Thanks for the help,

George Thomas's picture
Joined: 24 Apr 2000 - 7:46pm
0 should help you a little, especially the PDF by Karsten Luecke