What’s The Difference?

What’s the difference between Std and Pro?

OpenType is the undisputed king of font formats, but when buying fonts it’s not always as easy as just selecting OpenType and going forth. One of the most common questions is should I get Std or Pro?

Generally, the key difference between OpenType Standard (Std) and OpenType Pro is in the languages that each version supports. Std fonts include the basic Western language character set with support for languages like English, French, German, Spanish, and those of Scandinavia; Pro fonts support additional languages beyond the Western set. Pro fonts often contain Central/Eastern European language characters, and sometimes also contain Greek and Cyrillic. Aside from the language differences Std and Pro fonts are usually identical: both will have any OpenType features that were designed for the font, such as small caps, figure variants, contextual and stylistic alternates, and more. The main exceptions to this rule are Office FontFonts, which are designed for Microsoft® Office® use and may contain extra language support, but not all the OT features.

Many foundries do not use the “Std” abbreviation in their OpenType Standard font names, choosing instead to go with the simple “OT” abbreviation. Other foundries have only one OpenType variant; in some cases it will have no special OpenType features, and in other cases it will have features and extended language support, without any reference to these capabilities in its name. If you are ever unsure of which characters are included in a font, you can always view the complete Character Set on any Single Font page.

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