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Helvetica

Helvetica

Baseline
The centre vertex of the upper-case 'M' is on the baseline.
Square/rectangular
The dot on the '?' (question-mark) is square or rectangular.
Closed
The '&' (ampersand) is traditional style with two enclosed loops.
Straight
The tail of the upper-case 'Q' is straight.
Square/rectangle
The dot on the lower-case 'i' or 'j' is square or rectangular.
Vertical
The tail of the upper-case 'J' points vertically.
Flat-Flat
The upper-case 'M' vertices are flat at the top and bottom.
Concave
The stem of the '7' is curved, concave.
Horizontal
The end of the lower-case 'e' tail is horizontal or nearly horizontal.

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Abadi

Abadi

Above
The centre vertex of the upper-case 'M' is above the baseline.
Circle
The dot on the '?' (question-mark) is circular or oval.
Open
The '&' (ampersand) is traditional style with one enclosed loop.
Curved
The tail of the upper-case 'Q' is curved or S-shaped.
Circle
The dot on the lower-case 'i' or 'j' is circular or oval.
Angled
The tail of the upper-case 'J' points horizontally or slightly upwards.
Flat-Pointed
The upper-case 'M' vertices are flat at the top, pointed at the bottom.
Straight
The stem of the '7' is straight.
Vertical
The end of the lower-case 'e' tail is vertical or nearly vertical.