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Taking for example the Rockwell OTF typeface. There are three "classes" inside of it:

  • Rockwell
  • Rockwell Std
  • Rockwell WGL

Are those particular to this typeface, or they mean something in general when we are talking about typefaces? Checking the glyphs I didn't spot any difference between Rockwell and Rockwell WGL Regular, the only difference is between Rockwell Std and the others, as the first one has less glyphs.

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Std means "standard" and can have different meanings depending on the foundry. The difference between Rockwell and Rockwell Std appears to be a difference in symbols included as well as minor differences in letter spacing and line height.

WGL fonts only support Windows Glyph List characters.


For information about other font name abbreviations, I find this list to be helpful.

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  • So, using a WGL typeface is preferred over a non-WGL one? There's no need to install both, TypefaceXYZ and TypefaceXYZ WGL?
    – JChris
    Mar 15 '16 at 20:36
  • It depends on your usage I suppose but WGL and regular seem the same to me. I can't think of many reasons why you'd need both installed Mar 15 '16 at 20:46

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