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Ideal Sans - Tabular Numbers Conflict (Help Needed)

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Sam Schwartz's picture
Joined: 21 Oct 2008 - 12:35am
Ideal Sans - Tabular Numbers Conflict (Help Needed)


I have a large client that is using 'Ideal Sans' as their main font for system generated forms (generated via custom built industry proprietary software).
The client has invested a good deal of time and money into having these forms designed and now developed.
The problem is that the developer has not been able to get 'tabular lining' or 'lining figures' to work, and it's messing up the design.
Hoefler customer service has been of no help to the client, the designer, or the developer.
The client is now asking for a recommendation for an alternative font to replace all of the numbers in the design.
They would like a True Type font that has lining characters by default that would successfully complement Ideal Sans in aesthetic.

Any help, assistance, or recommendations would be greatly appreciated!

K.C. Thompson's picture
Joined: 22 Aug 2011 - 9:32pm

For whatever reason, the software is causing Ideal Sans to default to old-style, or non-aligning, numerals.

The problem isn't the typeface, but how the proprietary software is interpreting the Open Type font. Ideal Sans includes lining, tabular, and old-style versions of the numbers, and only the old-style version is visible to CaterXpert.

Sarala, a Google web font, might be a solution:

Reynir Heiðberg Stefánsson's picture
Joined: 19 Nov 2010 - 11:15am

That, or they could have Ideal Sans customised to default to tabular/lining numbers if they want to stick with it.