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Squeezed? squashed!

Joy is unconfined

Supporting legacy fonts is an important objective of OpenType, but one omission has typographers dancing in the streets. Adobe has made the difficult but praiseworthy decision to not convert Helvetica Narrow to OpenType. In the early days of the LaserWriter, when memory was expensive (and men were men etc), Adobe delivered a ‘condensed’ version of the default Helvetica font through the simple expedient of doing a mathematical transform on the Helvetica base font, squashing it by 18%. The resulting type nightmare has infiltrated itself into the world’s amateur typography and some otherwise-surprising places – including generations of Oxford dictionaries. Adobe will instead deliver a proper condensed Helvetica in OpenType.

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