I have a condensed type family with nine weights in each of three widths.
I'll be releasing the entire thing as one large variable font and as individual fonts. In addition, it seems to make sense to release the three widths separately as sub-families — each having their corresponding nine weights.
The primary audience for this family would be graphic designers (both web and print), although I can't rule out the occasional MS Word or Publisher user.
My preference would be to give the entire family the same name, then use the name of each individual font to differentiate the widths using numbers instead of the more traditional thin, light, bold, medium, x-bold, etc.
This naming scheme is unusual, but it's straight-forward and mimics CSS weight designation conventions. It would also bundle everything into one nicely ordered menu listing in Adobe CC and my other Macintosh application. I'm less sure about Windows. I'm also concerned about those applications that artificially bolden or slant type when it can't find the right fonts after the user clicks the B or I buttons for that sort of thing.
Given the target audience for this font family, I'm not too concerned with ancient versions of MS Office applications, but on the other hand, if breaking up the fonts into three separate font families and giving them more traditional names will make things more Windows compatible, it might be best to do that.
So I guess my question is whether or not I'm cluelessly considering a stupid idea. If so, any suggestions? What am I overlooking?