How to determine a font's natural size?

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How to determine a font's natural size?

Gé van Gasteren-2
​Hi Evan,

Oh, I thought you could answer that yourself now...

design size 12 pt, size range (9.5 pt, 120 pt], subfamily ID 1, subfamily name Regular'

​It’s clearly saying "design size", not "font size".
So, even though I don’t know this particular font, I’m pretty sure this is a hint from the designer that it’s optimized for size 12 and not advised for use on text smaller than 9.5 pt or larger than 120 pt.​


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Re: How to determine a font's natural size?

Evan Aad
I see.

So, to sum. At least in the case of OpenType typefaces, a typeface *does* have a formal "size" attribute that is part of the typeface info.

However, this attribute may be undefined, and in practice most OpenType typefaces leave this attribute undefined.

Moreover, when it is defined, it has no formal meaning; rather it should be seen as an informational commentary from the typeface's designer that the design was optimized for this size.

Correct?

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This exists in very few fonts  

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Re: How to determine a font's natural size?

Dave Crossland
Correct

On 1 August 2017 at 12:38, Evan Aad <[hidden email]> wrote:
I see.

So, to sum. At least in the case of OpenType typefaces, a typeface *does* have a formal "size" attribute that is part of the typeface info.

However, this attribute may be undefined, and in practice most OpenType typefaces leave this attribute undefined.

Moreover, when it is defined, it has no formal meaning; rather it should be seen as an informational commentary from the typeface's designer that the design was optimized for this size.

Correct?

On Tue, Aug 1, 2017 at 7:02 PM, Dave Crossland <[hidden email]> wrote:


This exists in very few fonts  

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Re: How to determine a font's natural size?

Evan Aad
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Thank you very much! You've all been extremely forthcoming and helpful, and I've learned a lot.


On Tue, Aug 1, 2017 at 9:45 PM, Dave Crossland <[hidden email]> wrote:
Correct

On 1 August 2017 at 12:38, Evan Aad <[hidden email]> wrote:
I see.

So, to sum. At least in the case of OpenType typefaces, a typeface *does* have a formal "size" attribute that is part of the typeface info.

However, this attribute may be undefined, and in practice most OpenType typefaces leave this attribute undefined.

Moreover, when it is defined, it has no formal meaning; rather it should be seen as an informational commentary from the typeface's designer that the design was optimized for this size.

Correct?

On Tue, Aug 1, 2017 at 7:02 PM, Dave Crossland <[hidden email]> wrote:


This exists in very few fonts  

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