Cambria (typeface)

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Category Serif

Jelle Bosma, Steve Matteson and Robin Nicholas

Cambria Math: Jelle Bosma, Ross Mills, John Hudson, Geraldine Wade, Mike Duggan, Greg Hitchcock, Andrei Burago, Vivek Garg
Foundry Microsoft, Tiro Typeworks (Cambria Math)
Cambria sample text

Cambria is part of the suite of fonts that comes with Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Microsoft Office 2007, Microsoft Office 2010, Microsoft Office 2013, Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac and Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac, specifically designed for on-screen reading and to be aesthetically pleasing when printed at small sizes. It is a transitional serif font. It has very even spacing and proportions. Diagonal and vertical hairlines and serifs are relatively strong, while horizontal serifs are small and intend to emphasize stroke endings rather than stand out themselves. This principle is most noticeable in the italics where the lowercase characters are subdued in style. Cambria was designed by Dutch typographer Jelle Bosma in 2004, with Steve Matteson and Robin Nicholas.

A completely unrelated font using the Cambria name was created by type designer Ian Koshnick in 1989 for his software publishing company, Cambria Publishing.

Cambria Math[edit]

This is a variant designed for mathematical and scientific texts, as a replacement for Times New Roman. Cambria Math was the first font to implement the OpenType math extension, itself inspired from TeX. Led by Jelle Bosma of Agfa Monotype and Ross Mills of Tiro Typeworks, the project was planned when development of Cambria had started, but Cambria Math was developed in three stages.[1]


Normal, bold and italic Cambria text

It is distributed with Windows Vista, Windows 7, Microsoft Office 2007, Microsoft Office 2008 and 2011 for Mac, and Microsoft Office 2007 viewers and converters. Cambria (Regular) and Cambria Math are packaged together as a TrueType Collection (TTC) file. Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac does not include Cambria Math, as OMML is not supported. Therefore, the Macintosh version of Cambria is packaged as individual TrueType Font (TTF) files, rather than a single TTC file.

This font, along with Calibri, Candara, Consolas, Corbel and Constantia, is also distributed with various free Office viewers,[2][3][4] the Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack[5] and the Open XML File Format Converter for Mac.[6]

The typeface is licensed by Ascender Corporation for use by end users and consumer electronics device manufacturers. The typeface is also licensed by Monotype Imaging to printer manufacturers as part of the Vista 8 Font Set package.


Cambria Math is used for presentation of Office MathML equations in Microsoft Office 2007 and later.

The free typesetting systems XeTeX and LuaTeX can make direct use of Cambria Math as an alternative to traditional TeX mathematical fonts.[7][8]

Cambria is available for use in Google's Google Drive suite of web applications.

See also[edit]

  • Asana-Math – the first free font that could be used instead of Cambria Math with Microsoft Office 2007.
  • Neo Euler - a version of AMS Euler with support for OpenType math
  • XITS - a fork of the STIX fonts with support for OpenType math


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