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By Yannis Haralambous, P Scott Horne

This reference is an interesting and entire consultant to utilizing fonts and typography on the net and throughout various working platforms and alertness software program. Fonts & Encodings exhibits you ways to take complete benefit of the terrific variety of typographic recommendations on hand, with complex fabric that covers every thing from designing glyphs to constructing software program that creates and tactics fonts. The period of ASCII characters on eco-friendly monitors is gone, and leaders resembling Apple, HP, IBM, Microsoft, and Oracle have followed the Unicode world wide personality general. but, many software program functions and sites nonetheless use a number of criteria, together with PostScript, TrueType, TeX/Omega, SVG, Fontlab, FontForge, Metafont, Panose, and OpenType. This publication explores each one choice intensive, and offers historical past in the back of the methods that include modern day "digital area for writing":

  • Part I introduces Unicode, with a short heritage of codes and encodings together with ASCII. find out about the morass of the knowledge that accompanies every one Unicode personality, and the way Unicode bargains with normalization, the bidirectional set of rules, and the dealing with of East Asian characters.
  • Part II discusses font administration, together with deploy, instruments for activation/deactivation, and font offerings for 3 various platforms: home windows, the Mac OS, and the X Window procedure (Unix).
  • Part III offers with the technical use of fonts in particular circumstances: the TeX typesetting method (and its successor, W, which the writer co-developed) and internet pages.
  • Part IV describes equipment for classifying fonts: Vox, Alessandrini, and Panose-1, that's utilized by home windows and the CSS commonplace. find out about latest instruments for developing (or editing) fonts, together with FontLab and FontForge, and get to grips with OpenType houses and AAT fonts.

Nowhere else will you discover the precious technical details on fonts and typography that software program builders, net builders, and image artists want to know to get typography and fonts to paintings safely.

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These two chapters are also placed in the middle of the circle because they deal with subjects that lie in between encodings and fonts: TEX and HTML can both be considered as vehicles for passing from characters to glyphs; they are bridges between the two worlds. The fourth unit (Chapters 11 to 14 and Appendix F) is devoted completely to fonts. The first chapter, “History and Classifications”, is a unique chapter in this book, as it discusses computers very little but deals mainly with the history of printing, especially the history of Latin typographic characters.

Multiple Master fonts were never a screaming success, no doubt because of the difficulty of developing them. At the same time, the countries of the Far East were struggling to find a way to typeset their ideographic and syllabic writing systems. 1). The fact that the TrueType format was already compatible with ideographic writing systems gave it a head start in this area. Apple and Microsoft separately began to work on improving the TrueType fonts. 11). 9). OpenType is both an extension to TrueType and an outgrowth of Type 1.

A large part of Appendix D is devoted to the exploration of these two font formats, which still have surprises in store for us. Between Characters and Glyphs: the Problems of the Electronic Document We have outlined the digital model of typesetting and also the font formats that exist. To continue our exploration of digital writing, we must address another important concept, that of the electronic document. That is the name that we give to a digital entity containing text (and often images, sound, animation, and fonts as well).

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