Old Standard font family

This file provides detailed information on the Old Standard family of
fonts. This information should be distributed along with the Old Standard
fonts and any derivative works.

Basic Font Information

The Old Standard font family is an attempt to revive a specific type of
Modern (classicist) style of serif typefaces, very commonly used in various
editions printed in the late 19th and early 20th century, but almost
completely abandoned later. Although contemporary typographers often
consider this lettertype obsolete and out-of-fashion, it still has at least
two advantages:

-- The classicist style still can be considered a good choice for
typesetting scientific papers, especially on social and humanitarian
sciences, as its specific features are closely associated in the people's
eyes with old books they learned on;

-- the most beautiful examples of Greek and Cyrillic lettertypes were all
based on the Modern style, so that for those scripts "Modern" fonts
are much more appropriate than any contemporary (e. g. Times-based)

That's why the Old Standard font family has two main purposes: it is
intended to be used as a specialized font for philologists (mainly
classicists, germanists and slavists) and also as a general-purpose font
for typesetting various editions in languages which use Greek or Cyrillic
script. For this reason Old Standard provides glyphs for a wide range of
Latin, Greek and Cyrillic characters.

The name "Old Standard" was selected as opposed to the "Obyknovennaya
Novaya" ("New Standard") typeface, widely used in the Soviet typography,
which represents another, slightly different type of the same Modern style.
The digital version of this font is now available from Paratype
( Of course this name doesn't look very original,
but it seems to be a good choice for a revival of the most common
lettertype of the early 20th century.


2008 November 24 (Alexey Kryukov) Version 2.0.2

* My TTF files somehow got autoinstructed with wrong settings. This
resulted into inconsistent bearings under certain PPEM's.

2008 November 23 (Alexey Kryukov) Version 2.0.1

* Oops. GPOS kerning was broken in 2.0.

* If the same set of rules is shared by several features, then
use just one lookup registered for more than one feature to store them.

2008 November 18 (Alexey Kryukov) Version 2.0

+ A bold version is now available!

+ Added a full set of historical Cyrillic characters, as defined
in Unicode 5.1;

+ Implemented Roman numerals and ancient Roman epigraphic letters
(including Claudian letters).

* Switched to lookup-based representation of the OpenType data
in the source files to conform the new FontForge's file format;

* Now both cubic and quadratic versions of the font outlines are stored
in the same source files (one file for each style), as FontForge's
new approach to multilayered fonts allows this;

* Switched to OFL version 1.1;

* FontForge now can generate reasonably good TTF instructions (it
could not when OldStandard v. 1.0 was released). So the TTF fonts
are now automatically instructed with FontForge. I still include
the old instructions for the regular version (prepared with
Peter Baker's xgridfit utility) into the source package, but they
are no longer used in the font itself. This certainly makes some
glyphs look worse, but improves the overall performance of the font
(especially in the antialiased mode);

* Danish Aringacute redesigned (now has the acute at the top of the ring
and a specially designed, reduced in size, diacritic for the capital

* Redesigned cedilla and all combinations with this accent in the upright

* More contour cleanup;

* Added accented combinations with "W" for Welsh;

* Added several new math characters to the regular font. The intent was
to fully cover the TeX OMS encoding, but this task is still far from
being reached;

* There is now a dedicated Unicode codepoint for capital insular "G"
(U+A77D), so move the corresponding glyph to that location;

* Corrected the shape of Greek symbol phi (U+03D5). It is still not
recommended to use this glyph instead of the normal (looped) form;

* Several new characters have been added, including the Latin letter EZH
(U+01B7/U+0292) and capital Es Zett for German (U+1E9E). There are
some new combining marks as well;

* I used to consider the breve accent should always take the typically
Cyrillic form when used after Cyrillic letters. However this assumption
seems to be wrong: the specific form of the diacritic is actually
an attribute of just three letters, i. e. "short i" (Russian etc.),
"Short u" (Byelorussian) and "zhe with breve" (Moldavian).

2007 July 14 (Alexey Kryukov) Version 1.1 (not released)

* Added Latin letters OPEN E and OPEN O, requested by an African user;

* New glyph for ampersand in the upright font;

* Redesigned Polish ogonek and Czech comma-like caron;

* More work on italic Greek letters;

* General contour cleanup for some glyphs.

2007 January 22 (Alexey Kryukov) Version 1.0

* Added the WHITE SQUARE (U+25A1) character;

* Minor corrections in the fonts themselves and in the PDF manual.

2006 December 12 (Alexey Kryukov) Version 0.9

* Added a few more Latin Extended-B characters, yogh and wynn in
particular (thanks to Peter Baker for the valuable information on the
design of the letter yogh he provided). I also have implemented
uppercase and lowercase versions of the insular "g". Thus Old
Standard is now suitable for typesetting texts in Old and Middle

* Added Hebrew aleph and a few Fraktur characters, useful for critical
apparatus, especially in Bible/New Testament editions.

* Implemented a full set of standard f-ligatures, present in most
OpenType fonts.

* Andrew Panov has convinced me to implement a set of mathematical
glyphs, designed in the style of traditional Russian math
typesetting. These glyphs are currently available only in the regular
version of the font.

* A PDF manual, explaining various features of the font, is now

* Greek sampi (both uppercase and lowercase) has been redesigned.

* Implemented Greek lunate epsilon and reversed lunate epsilon (the
design doesn't match the remaining Greek letters though). Thus all
Unicode slots intended for "alternate" and mathematical Greek glyphs
are now covered.

* A few improvements in the TTF instructions for the regular font
(drop-out control has been enabled).

* Several minor corrections in the OpenType layouts.

2006 October 01 (Alexey Kryukov) Version 0.8

* Implemented a set of TrueType instructions (hints) for the regular
font (italics are still unhinted). I would like to thank Peter Baker
for his excellent (and extremely well documented) xgridfit program
(, which provides a good Open Source
solution for gridfitting, or "hinting," TrueType fonts.

* The TrueType version of the regular font now has a separate source
file (OldStandard.ttf.sfd) with quadratic splines.

* Changed the naming convention for the TrueType version: the font name
now has a "TT" suffix, so that both TTF and OTF versions can be
installed on the same system simultaneously.

* Added a few Latin Extended-B characters, useful mainly for
germanists, in particular "b" with bar, "o" with ogonek and hwair.
Also I have corrected shapes of lowercase eth and thorn. Thus Old
Standard now includes all characters necessary for representing Old
Icelandic texts and Gothic transliteration. Still more characters
(the most important of them being uppercase and lowercase yogh) are
needed for a proper support of Old/Middle English.

* As usual, a few minor bugs have been corrected.

2006 June 09 (Alexey Kryukov) Version 0.7

* Added OpenType layouts for Latin, Greek and Cyrillic. Special
attention has been paid to correct shaping and positioning of
diacritical marks.

* Minor corrections of glyph shapes.

2006 May 08 (Alexey Kryukov) Version 0.6

* Licensing changed to the SIL Open Font License.

* Added Greek glyphs, including those in the U+1F00--U+1FFF "Greek
Extended" Unicode range.

* Ukrainian and Serbian Cyrillic glyphs were redesigned in order to
bring them into a better correspondance with real examples of
the early 20th century printing.

* The standard mathematical operation signs were redesigned and
significantly enlarged, so that now their implementation contradicts
to the contemporary standards, but better corresponds to the European
tradition of math typesetting.

* Several additional math characters, needed to provide a full coverage
for the Mac Roman encoding, have been added.

* Ancient Greek metrical characters (U+23D1--U+23D9) have been

* A TTF version is released in addition to OpenType-CFF fonts. It has
no hinting at all, so don't complain for bad screen rendering!

2006 Feb 14 (Alexey Kryukov) Version 0.2

* First public release.

(Here is where contributors can be acknowledged. If you make modifications
be sure to add your name (N), email (E), web-address (W) and description
(D). This list is sorted by last name in alphabetical order.)

N: Alexey Kryukov
D: Original Designer of Latin, Greek and Cyrillic glyphs

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