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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How to use Type 1 fonts on the Web

Back in the 1980s, Adobe saw that the existing methods of displaying text digitally – bitmapped fonts – were not up to the task at hand. Due to this, Outline font technologies (in the form of PostScript, notably Type 1) were born. While TrueType joined their class later in the decade, Type 1 fonts drove the…

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