Electra™ Std Read Me


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Minimum system requirements and font installation instructions
Font versions
Family information
Release Notes
Known issues
Customer care
Other resources

Minimum system requirements and font installation instructions

For information on minimum system requirements and font installation, see http://www.adobe.com/go/learn_fontinstall_en.

Font versions

To check that you have the correct font file, compare the font version of your font file to the font version provided in the Release Notes section below.

Family information

History

Designed in 1935 by William Addison Dwiggins, Electra has been a standard book typeface since its release because of its evenness of design and high legibility. In the specimen book for Electra, Dwiggins himself points out the type’s identifying characteristics: “The weighted top serifs of the straight letters of the lower case: that is a thing that occurs when you are making formal letters with a pen, writing quickly. And the flat way the curves get away from the straight stems: that is a speed product.” Electra is not only a fine text face but is equally responsive when set at display sizes, realizing Dwiggins’ intent when he set about the design: “...if you don’t get your type warm it will be just a smooth, commonplace, third-rate piece of good machine technique, no use at all for setting down warm human ideas, just a box full of rivets.... I’d like to make it warm, so full of blood and personality that it would jump at you.”

Menu Names And Style Linking

In many Windows® applications, instead of every font appearing on the menu, fonts are grouped into style-linked sets, and only the name of the base style font for a set is shown in the menu. The italic and the bold weight fonts of the set (if any) are not shown in the font menu, but can still be accessed by selecting the base style font, and then using the italic and bold style buttons. In this family, such programs will show only the following base style font names in the menu:

Electra LT Std
Electra LT Std Display

The other fonts in this family must be selected by choosing a menu name and then a style option following the guide below.

Menu Name plus Style Option... selects this font
Electra LT Std [none] Electra LT Std Regular
Electra LT Std Italic Electra LT Std Cursive
Electra LT Std Bold Electra LT Std Bold
Electra LT Std Bold, Italic Electra LT Std Bold Cursive
Electra LT Std Display [none] Electra LT Std Display
Electra LT Std Display Italic Electra LT Std Cursive Display
Electra LT Std Display Bold Electra LT Std Bold Display
Electra LT Std Display Bold, Italic Electra LT Std Bold Cursive Display

On the Mac OS operating system, although each font appears as a separate entry on the font menu, users may also select fonts by means of style links. Selecting a base style font and then using the style links (as described above for Windows applications) enhances cross-platform document compatibility with many applications, such as Microsoft Word and Adobe® PageMaker® software, although it is unnecessary with more sophisticated Adobe applications such as recent versions of Illustrator®, Photoshop® or InDesign® software.

One should not, however, select a base font which has no style-linked variant, and then use the bold or italic styling button. Doing so will either have no effect, or result in programmatic bolding or slanting of the base font, which will usually produce inferior screen and print results.

Release Notes

For all fonts of family Electra LT Std: version 2.106 created on Wed Mar 23 15:59:13 2011.

version 2.105 created 2011/03/23

version 2.075 created 2009/11/23

version 2.065 created 2009/07/28

version 2.040 created 2007/08/16

version 1.040 created 2002/10/12

Known issues

Customer care

Customer Service
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Support Plan Options and Technical Resources
If you require technical assistance for your product, including information on free and paid support options and troubleshooting resources, more information is available at http://www.adobe.com/go/support/. Outside of North America, go to http://www.adobe.com/go/intlsupport/. Font specific resources include the Font Folio and Type Product Help page and the Adobe Type user-to-user forums.

Other resources

Adobe Type Showroom
Index page for all family Read Me files


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created 2013 Jan 14