N.B. An asterisk before a word means it has its own entry in the glossary.
- 'maxp' table
The mandatory TrueType table that contains various maximal memory requirements for the font, helping the TrueType system to allocate memory efficiently. See Apple's spec or Microsoft's spec for the format in detail.
- Microtype Express
A technology developed by AGFA for compressing TrueType font data, used for the *EOT files in Internet font embedding. AGFA describe Microtype Express here.
- multiple masters
These are Type 1 fonts capable of producing a continuous range of type designs. In effect, a multiple master font is a whole family of type - where all the "in-between" typefaces are available to the font user. MM fonts have from 1 to 4 *design axes, most often weight (from light to bold), width (from condensed to expanded) and optical size (from 6pt to display). But a type designer could propose any axis where the extremes are made by moving the same set of outline points. Because you need a master at each extreme, multiple master fonts have 2, 4, 8 or 16 masters for each glyph. Adobe has a multiple masters webpage.
*OpenType fonts, in their Type 1 flavour, can be multiple master fonts.
If you're creating multiple masters, *FontLab has a far better interface and is more reliable than *Fontographer.
The TrueType equivalent of multiple masters, only available on the Macintosh, is GX font *variations.
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