Standard 14 fonts

When working in PostScript and PDF environments, you may come across the notion “standard 14 fonts” or “base 14 fonts”. What exactly are these “standard 14 fonts”?

Actually, the term is derived from the standard set of 13 PostScript fonts, which are resident in all PostScript output devices. These fonts are listed in the table below.

Font family

Font

Times

Times-Roman

Times-Italic

Times-Bold

Times-BoldItalic

Helvetica

Helvetica

Helvetica-Oblique

Helvetica-Bold

Helvetica-BoldOblique

Courier

Courier

Courier-Oblique

Courier-Bold

Courier-BoldOblique

Symbol

Symbol

For PDF environments, ZapfDingbats is added to this standard font set.