It does not really work that way with full stand development. Development is virtually to "completion" with stand development, with the developer exhausting faster in highlight areas while shadows continue to develop more fully.

While a significant amount of highlight compression does take place, in fact there is typically less overall compensation than one might expect, so one should not necessarily use it strictly for that purpose. Stand development is not the same as controlled contraction or compensating development and should not be considered a substitute for those techniques, even though it ultimately relies on the same basic principles. Rather it should be used for its own qualities. It yields a unique tonal scale and, depending on the devleoper/film combination, also maximizes edge effects which can provide a noticeably different look particularly when a negative is greatly enlarged.