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Features of Yale Administrative Roman

Yale Administrative Roman is designed to support non-designers in their typesetting roles. Excellent typesetting is recognized and appreciated by readers because it is legible, appropriate in scale and spacing to the task, and sensitively detailed. While using Yale Administrative Roman cannot in itself ensure good typesetting, it has a number of features that can help.

1. The font has a “non-colliding” lowercase f, which means that the f will not tangle with the lowercase characters i, l, or k, and that it will also keep clear of all accent marks. Therefore, the painstaking use of ligatures—combined ff, ffi, ffl, fi, and fl characters that gracefully address these collisions—is no longer necessary (or possible) in this font.

One of the big advantages of setting without ligatures is that text can go directly into HTML without the need to search for and replace the ligatures (which otherwise appear as blanks in most browsers) with the individual characters.

2. The various dashes—hyphen, em-dash, and en-dash—are sized and spaced so that no adjustment is necessary. They should be set exactly as they come, with no extra spaces before or after.

3. Although it is not recommended, the font can be leaded (line spaced) quite tightly, as little as 120 percent of the point size for normal line lengths (e.g., setting 10 point type with 12 point leading) and still maintain its legibility and visual appeal. This is because its design is derived from a typeface of the late fifteenth century, a time when the aesthetic ideal called for tight line and word spacing.

Additional Info

This font comes with aligning figures (numbers) because that is the expectation for most administrative work. Old style (nonaligning) figures are available in the “Design” versions of the typeface.

For additional guidance regarding the use of this font or for design or typographic advice, please contact John Gambell in the Office of the Yale University Printer.