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Chapter 3. Typography > Windows Fonts

Windows Fonts

Windows supports four types of font files: raster, TrueType, PostScript, and OpenType. Raster fonts are the bitmaps of the font world. The characters are defined by a grid of squares that at the appropriate size correspond to screen pixels. Raster fonts don't scale or print well, and they are supported only for backward compatibility.

PostScript fonts are based on Adobe's page description language, and are the industry standard in the printing business. Often called Type 1 fonts, they can be identified in the Explorer by the glyph shown in Figure 3-18. (The Adobe PostScript specification also supports a Type 3 font, which isn't often seen. Type 3 fonts are most often raster fonts, but can be very simple outline fonts.)


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