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 are fonts so complicated?

I do a lot of work with fonts, and when I tell people this they often seem surprised – surely there can’t be that much to them! If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you will have seen plenty of articles on fonts, but I’m going to list a few of the reasons here…

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OTS Sanitiser for OpenType: The friendly bouncer

We’ve mentioned the Sanitiser for OpenType (OTS) before, but have never really gone into detail about why it exists, what it does, and why it occasionally makes our lives a little harder. Essentially, it is a library for making sure that the font rendering engines used by browsers don’t crash due to unusual OpenType or…

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