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Chapter 22. Character Formatting > OpenType Font Support

OpenType Font Support

The biggest advance in fonts in the past decade is the advent of OpenType fonts, a new font format developed by Adobe and Microsoft and introduced in 2000. OpenType fonts have several advantages:

  • They use a cross-plaform format and store their data in a single file so the same font can be used on the Macintosh or Windows platforms.

  • They use in an industry-standard double-byte encoding called Unicode which can support over 65,000 glyphs. As a result, a single font can now contain all the characters for several different languages—and also contain the glyphs used in fine typography.

  • They support high quality typography through the use of standardized layout tables. This makes it possible for an Open Type-smart application like InDesign to automatically call out these typographic features without extra effort.


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