Three Font terminology complications explained

Everyone knows a bit about fonts, but understanding them in more detail is a bit of a niche subject. Niche subjects tend to come with their own language, and fonts are no exception – here’s a few common confusions about font terminology. Font vs. Typeface Simply put, ‘Times New Roman’ is a typeface, and ‘TimesNewRoman.otf’…

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Why the TrueType hinting patent expiration matters

A while back we put a lot of effort into implementing some of the hinting technology in the TrueType specification. This system effectively uses small programs in a stack based environment to manipulate the set of points which define the contours of a glyph. Up until recently, some of the instructions available in the language…

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