Finished re-reading AA's The Camera and now finishing The Negative.
He mention's characteristics of compensating and semi-compensating developers that would seem useful, promoting shadow detail in the lower zones while not causing over-development of the highlights (higher zones).
He did not mention any specific developers that are current/pre-packaged.
1) what are the modern, readily available (commercial) developers that could be said to be compensating/semi-compensating?
2) could D-76 be classified in that sense?
3) as a general rule, would a compensating developer promote effective "box" speed so less adjustments would have to be made on the ISO dial of the camera?