Applies to: QuarkXPress 2018

Background: In earlier versions of QuarkXPress, font styles were not mapped to their true font faces. All font styles were mapped to Plain font face. Hence you had an Avenir Heavy or Arial Italic font style mapped to Plain font face. This was an incorrect behavior. Even, though the behavior was incorrect, it didn't create a visible difference on the layout or output. But if you clicked a Bold or Italic button, then Bold/ Italic styling would get applied on the Plain font face. If the font family had a font style which had a Bold or Italic font face then the font style would change to that font style. But, if the font family didn't have a font style which had a Bold or Italic font face, then faux bold or faux Italic would get applied. Additionally, if the applied font style had a bold/ Italic font face, then on clicking Bold/ Italic button, faux bold or faux Italic would get applied. For example, clicking Bold button if applied font was Avenir Heavy, would result faux bold getting applied. Faux bold or faux Italic is not advisable during print output, hence it was advised not to click Bold, Italic button for print safe file. Faux styling is indicated on the Bold/ Italic button using a small warning icon over the button.

Previously, the fonts names were displayed using the font ‘Full Name’.


Now: The font enumeration behavior and the display of fonts in the font menus has been changed in QuarkXPress 2018. Plain, Bold, Italics buttons in the measurement palette/ style sheet dialog and Plain, Bold, Italics with angular brackets in Usage dialog indicate the font face of a font style.


In QuarkXPress 2018, font styles are mapped to their true font faces (i.e.) the font face available within the font style, hence the chances of inadvertently faux bold or faux Italic getting applied have reduced. Font styles like Bold, Black, Heavy, Semi Bold, SemiBold Condensed- all contain Bold font face (hence bold type style button will be selected). Font styles like Regular, Plain, Normal, Light, Semi Light, Condensed- all contain Plain font face (hence plain type style will be selected). Font styles like Italics, Oblique, Condensed Italics – all contain Italics font face (hence italics type style will be selected). If a font family doesn’t have a font style having a Plain font face, and the user applies Plain type style then font style field will display as blank.

Be assured, that if a Bold or Italic button gets pressed on selecting a font style, or Bold or Italics is displayed in the Usage dialog within angular brackets, then the font style itself has a bold/ Italic font face. You don't need to click Bold/ Italic button to remove it. You just need to use the font styles menu. Leave the Bold/ Italic buttons aside. If you use the Bold/ Italic button, there are chances that faux styling get applied if font family doesn't have a font style with a bold/ Italic font face.

In QuarkXPress 2018, the font names are displayed using 'Font Family Name' and 'Font Style name'.”