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Chapter 10. Font Management > A Little Font Primer

A Little Font Primer

Anyone interested in fonts should first become acquainted with basic typographic nomenclature. Let's start at the top.

The word font, as used in Windows, really refers to a typeface. Those people in typesetting circles believe the term is misused in PC jargon, and you should really be calling, say, Arial a typeface. But, oh well. There goes the language (again). Technically, a font is a specific set of characters, each of which shares the same basic characteristics. So, Arial Italic is a font, whereas Arial is a typeface (made up of a collection of the fonts Arial Roman, Arial Bold, Arial Bold Italic, and Arial Italic). In any case, in Windows-talk, you call a family such as Arial a font, and that's that.


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