Typographic Names

CLDR maintains typographic terms for apps like word processors, graphic design apps, or font pickers in operating systems.

Screenshot of a font picker

When entering translations, please refer to a terminological dictionary or ask a professional graphic designer/printer.
A quick web search or Wikipedia lookup will usually not find the correct termsMost native speakers do not know the correct terminology unless they work in the graphics industry.
For some languages, there’s also special-interest sites on the web that care about correct terminology; for example, typolexikon.de in German.


font weight

The Weight axis is used to vary text from lighter to bolder. See here.


The Width axis is used to vary text from narrower to wider. Also called “stretch”. See here.


Screenshot of italic text
The Italic axis is used to vary text from upright/plain/regular to cursive/italic. See also here and here.


The Slant axis is used to vary text from upright/plain/regular to slanted/oblique. See here.

Fonts can also be slanted towards the opposite of the reading direction.
This style is called reverse oblique, reverse slanted, or back slanted.

Optical Size

The Optical Size axis is used to adjust letterforms to different text size, from fine print to large display type.
See here, here, or here (page 11) for a nice description.