What field controls font sort order for CS applications? Multiple widths.

Jeremy Dooley's picture

I am getting results sorted by weight, so I will have:

Light Extended
Light Normal
Light Condensed
Regular Extended
Regular Normal
Regular Condensed

Some customers don't care for this and would prefer:

Light Condensed
Light Extended
Light Normal

Regular Extended
Regular Normal
Regular Condensed

The HelveticaNeue OT Style names are prefixed with number. Is this what it takes for a 36 member family?

Karl Stange's picture

The arrangement I created, detailed in this thread about Font Family Naming in FontLab is organised according to the number field in FontLab, so that the weights/styles appear in the font menu with the lightest (Hairline) at the top and the heaviest (Black) at the bottom. The weights were given the following numbers in FontLab:

Hairline (& Oblique variant): 150
Thin (& Oblique variant): 250
Light (& Oblique variant): 350
Regular (& Oblique variant): 400
Semibold (& Oblique variant): 500
Bold (& Oblique variant): 600
Black (& Oblique variant): 700

Whereas the others flow down the list with the normal version followed by the oblique variant, the Regular and Oblique combination are reversed as I did not name it "RegularOblique" but just "Oblique", which makes me think that this part of the naming conventions would be the second level of hierarchy for CS.

Karl Stange's picture

The HelveticaNeue OT Style names are prefixed with number. Is this what it takes for a 36 member family?

It is possible that this factors into it but I have not experimented with this field in isolation.

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