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Chapter 9. Fonts and Text: Write and Wrong > The Different Types of Fonts

The Different Types of Fonts

The different categories of fonts described in this section do not refer to the appearanceof the font (such as whether it is plain or decorative), but rather to the technology the Macintosh uses to create a font, both for screen display and for printing.

The Macintosh's multiplicity of font technologies is evidence of a sorry state of confusion—the result of historical compromises, competing interests, and changing technology. Sadly, it is certainly not the result of a deliberate strategy to make the Macintosh easier to use. As end users, we simply have to make the best of this less-than-great situation.


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