Quote Originally Posted by Michael R 1974 View Post
To clarify it slightly, I'd prefer saying it allows a greater total subject brightness range to print straight on a particular contrast grade.
The compression occurs in the highlights, so shadows and midtones will have normal gradation.

Suppose you want the opposite. Suppose you want compression in the shadows, with normal gradation in midtones and highlights?
Underexpose, and/or use a film with a long toe.
That will also compress a wide image-scale to fit the paper.
It depends on where you want the compression.

Mark Overton