Unlike Old Style Figures that vary in height and position, lining figures are a modern style of numerals where all figures are of the same height (and typically larger than Old Style Figures in the same font) and rest on the baseline. Some fonts come with both Old Style and Lining Figures.
There are two common styles of Lining Figures:
- Proportional Lining Figures work well alongside all caps (such as for headlines) because they are about the same size as the capital letters and sit on the baseline with them.
- Tabular Lining Figures are monospaced and work best when rows and columns of numbers need to align such as in tables, financial documents, and numbered lists.