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Sunday, April 20, 2014
Libertine Regular
Libertine Display
Libertine Italic
Libertine Bold
Libertine Bold Italic
Libertine Small-Caps
Biolinum Regular
Biolinum Bold
Biolinum Italic
Keyboard style of Biolinum
Biolinum Keyboard: Sample-PDF

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Regular style

This is the basic style of the Libertine. This style, known as regular style, contains the most glyphs, the best kerning, the most ligatures and OpenType extras etc. We recommend using it for running text in 11-12 pt.

A subspecies of the Regular is Libertine Display. It is designed for greater point sizes (>18pt) and is thus lighter than the Regular. The x-height is lower and its serifs are longer and thinner. This gives her a distinct delicate character (see figure left).


This style is used for emphasis, from single words up to small passages. This is a true italic, not just an oblique.

Bold style

As with the italic, the bold style is used to emphasize text. In contrast to the former, the bold style should not be used within text passages but for emphasizing titles and captions, etc.

Bold italic style

The bold italic style is the emphatic form for the bold style. From a quantitative perspective, it is used quite rarely (i.e. in titles and captions to mark a single word or special pronounciation). 

Small capitals

True small capitals are not just shrunken versals. You’ll need some typographic skill to achieve the same optical mass as the upper- and lower-case letters with which they usually socialized. In addition, appropriate kerning information is needed.

Small caps are often used to set off people's names and titles. We recommend using them sparingly. Every font of the Libertine Open Fonts Project contains a set of small capitals in the so called private use area (PUA) which can be addressed by OpenType capable software. There is also a small caps font which allows the use of small caps with software that doesn’t support OpenType.

Linux Biolinum

The Biolinum is an organic sans-serif and could be also described as organo-grotesque (non-linear sans serif). Biolinum is designed for emphasis, e.g. of titles. You can also use it for short passages of text. For longer texts a serif font such as the Libertine should be used for readability.
The Biolinum has the same vertical metrics and visual weight as the Libertine, so that it fits perfectly to the Libertine and can be also used for emphasizing within the body text.

As of today the Biolinum font family includes:

  • Biolinum Regular
  • Biolinum Italic
  • Biolinum Bold
  • Biolinum Keyboard (see following section)

Linux Biolinum Keyboard

This font has the Biolinum glyphs in borders that resemble keys of a computer keyboard. You can use this type to mark short-cuts in your texts. There are also glyphs for CTRL, ALT, Del, Pos1, Enter etc.