Frequently Asked Questions


Fonts, Open Type Fonts, True Type Fonts, Free Type Fonts

OpenType font?

OpenType is a scalable computer font format initially developed by Microsoft, later joined by Adobe Systems. OpenType was first announced in 1996, with significant number of OpenType fonts starting to ship in 2000-2001. Adobe completed conversion of its entire font library to OpenType around the end of 2002. As of early 2005, there are around 10,000 fonts available in OpenType format, with Adobe's library making up under a third of the total.

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TrueType font?

TrueType is an outline font standard originally developed by Apple Computer in the late 1980s as a competitor to Adobe's Type 1 fonts used in PostScript. The primary strength of TrueType was originally that it offered font developers a high degree of control over precisely how their fonts are displayed, right down to particular pixels, at various font heights. (With widely varying rendering technologies in use today, pixel-level control is no longer certain.)

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FreeType font?

FreeType is a software library that implements a font engine. It is used to rasterize characters into bitmaps and provides support for other font-related operations.

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PostScript (PS) is a page description language and programming language used primarily in the electronic and desktop publishing areas.

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What is serif and sans serif font?


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What Do LT, MT or EF in My Font Name Stand For?

Some fonts contain the abbreviations such as LT, MT, FF or EF in the name. These abbreviations represent the name of the foundry and should not be confused with the font weight.

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