Examples: Arial HC, IDAutomationHC39M. It seems to show up most strong textfrequently with free fonts.

  • Related list of font-related abbreviations, though it doesn't have HC – Zach Saucier Feb 19 '16 at 18:44
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    In general, acronyms in font titles merely indicate the foundry/vendor the font came from. International Type Company puts "ITC" on all their fonts, Font Font puts "FF", Letterhead Fonts puts "LHF" and so on.... I don't know what "HC" stands for, but my guess would be its the same sort of thing. – Scott Feb 19 '16 at 19:40
  • I found that list when I was searching for the answer for my coworker. It's such a comprehensive list that I'm surprised "HC" is not mentioned. I'd still like to find out what it is since it is being applied to a version of a typeface like Arial as well as a barcode font. It doesn't show up as part of any of my "professional-grade" fonts. Perhaps a limited and free version of a font? Google has not helped much. – A-cerny Feb 19 '16 at 20:25

I don't think this has a broad or general meaning at all (unless perhaps we are strictly talking about barcode fonts). I looked into the font you mentioned, IDAutomationHC39M and here's what I found.

As confirmation for this, I did some extra digging and found this excerpt regarding their code 39 font:

Contains 48 different Code 39 font versions for optimal compatibility with normal, human-readable, extended and symbol versions.



And to address Arial HC, just about every other font with HC I find is an outline font

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