User:Typehigh/Type specimen (typography)
A type specimen is a publication in which a typeface is shown and presented, detailing what fonts the typeface consists of. These specimen can be used by graphic designers and typographers to judge how a particular typeface behaves on the printed page, and to decide if they want to buy and use the typeface in question. A type specimen usually contains texts set in different point sizes, set under different conditions and in different languages.
Type foundries often still issue type specimens in printed form today, although digital specimens in the form of a PDF are are getting more popular. Some foundries offer both.