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Hoefler Text is an old-style serif font that was designed for Apple Computer by Jonathan Hoefler in 1991 to showcase advanced type technologies. Intended as a versatile font that is suitable for body text, it takes cues from a range of classic fonts, such as Garamond and Janson.
A version of Hoefler Text has been included with every version of Mac OS since System 7.5. Hoefler's company, Hoefler & Frere-Jones, have continued development of the typeface, developing for sale a wide range of additional variants.
Hoefler Text incorporates then-advanced features which have since become standard practice for font designers, such as automatic ligature insertion, the round and long s, real small capitals, old style figures and optional insertion of swashes. Hoefler Text also has a matching ornament font. It was, until OpenType made advanced typographic features more common, one of only a few fonts in common usage that contained old style, or ranging, figures, which are designed to harmonize with standard upper- and lowercase text.
Released free with every Mac during the growth of desktop publishing, at a time when producing printed documents was becoming dramatically easier, the font raised awareness of type features previously the concern only of professional printers. New York magazine commented that it "helped launch a thousand font obsessives."
Since the introduction of the font, Hoefler Text has been expanded to include additional typographic features, and versions of the font published by Hoefler & Frere-Jones now include three weights, swash caps, italic small capitals, and two sets of engraved capitals.