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Futura

Futura

Sloping
The verticals of the upper-case 'M' are sloping.
Closed
The centre bar of the upper-case 'R' meets the vertical.
S-Shaped
The '?' (question-mark) is like a backwards 'S'.
Single
The diagonal strokes of the lower-case 'k' meet at the vertical (with or without a gap).
Single
The '$' (dollar) has a single line crossing the 'S'.
Circle
The dot on the '?' (question-mark) is circular or oval.
Below
The upper-case 'J' descends below the baseline.
Straight-Plain
The tail of the lower-case 'j' is straight with no upper serif.
Circle
The dot on the lower-case 'i' or 'j' is circular or oval.
Straight
The tail of the upper-case 'Q' is straight.

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ITC Avant Garde

ITC Avant Garde

Parallel
The verticals of the upper-case 'M' are parallel.
Open
The centre bar of the upper-case 'R' leaves a gap with the vertical.
Hook-Shaped
The '?' (question-mark) is hook-shaped.
Double
The diagonal strokes of the lower-case 'k' meet in a 'T'.
Open single
The '$' (dollar) has a single line which does not cross the 'S'.
Square/rectangular
The dot on the '?' (question-mark) is square or rectangular.
On
The upper-case 'J' sits on the baseline.
Curved-Plain
The tail of the lower-case 'j' is curved with no upper serif.
Square/rectangle
The dot on the lower-case 'i' or 'j' is square or rectangular.
Curved
The tail of the upper-case 'Q' is curved or S-shaped.