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The font used in Ford's logo - Ford Motor Company

From: James Combs
Date: Mon, 28 Dec 1998 20:32:08 GMT
Hi. I would like a font similar to the one Ford Motor Company employs in their Ford Motor Company logo. I can e-mail a copy if you'd like.

Thanks, James

I need ttf editor

From: Daniel
Date: Sun, 27 Dec 1998 13:59:15 GMT
I need true type editor for win95 or winNT, because I have to add romanian character! in ttf files!

Chinese True Type Fonts

From: Ju Wang
Date: Thu, 24 Dec 1998 00:09:54 GMT
I want to print chinese charater in my linux machine, but I need chinese True type fonts to do that, do you have any suggestion for that? thanks for you time.


Franklin Gothic & Bauer Bodoni

From: Keene Benson
Date: Wed, 23 Dec 1998 16:09:21 GMT
I am looking for a source for high quality true type versions of Bauer Bodoni and Franklin Gothic. I will need to have licensed versions that can be used commercially.

How to smoothing TTF on screen?

From: SC Chui
Date: Wed, 23 Dec 1998 05:54:55 GMT
Anyone knows how to smoothing TTF on Screen? I need to capture the screen and import it to other graphics package.

How to transform TrueType text to Bitmap

From: LX CAO
Date: Sun, 20 Dec 1998 10:20:27 GMT

I want to know how to transform TrueType text to Bitmap. For example, I type "ABC"(Amaze Font) in a view window, then I can save it as a bitmap, not texts.

Thank you

ANSI to UNICODE font conversion

From: Ivan Marinov
Date: Sat, 19 Dec 1998 20:50:36 GMT
Hi, I have a utility that converts old ANSI TTFs, containing cyrillic chars to the new UNICODE TTFs, so that they could be used with office '97/win'98. Can someone tell me how this is done? Any publicly available source code/libraries that could help me do the same? Please reply also to email. Thanx in advance.


Date: Sat, 19 Dec 1998 15:47:46 GMT
Hallo, I am a student. Now, I am developoing FontEditor for my academic project. So, Can you help me by sending the TRUE TYPE FONT FILE FORMAT. The Font File Should be compatiable with windows 95. Thanks.


From: Lisa
Date: Sat, 19 Dec 1998 03:15:25 GMT
I am using a TT font in a quark document and the font is fine on screen, yet when I print the document, the pages that have the TT font on them will get a post script error on my printer. I am using a Mac, any suggestions????

Sounds like you're using a printer driver that thinks there's a TT rasterizer built into the printer. Check you're using the driver that came with the printer. -- Laurence

How can I smooth them?

From: David
Date: Tue, 15 Dec 1998 06:19:32 GMT
Hi I wonder if you can tell me how to smooth the fonts that I get from the MFC function GetGaphyOutline(..),I've already get the bitmap of the font.Thanks so much!


From: BG Bibeault
Date: Tue, 15 Dec 1998 00:08:53 GMT
I would like to know if there is a converter that converts PostScript 1 or 3 and converts them to TrueType Fonts, (for WinNT)? What is the Name of this wonderful program? And, where can I find it?

BG Bibeault

True Type Font Format

From: Arash Aghassi
Date: Fri, 11 Dec 1998 23:39:14 GMT
How Can I Find All Of Formats for True Type Fonts (Arabic / persian) ?

TT PC to Mac conversion

From: George Grant
Date: Fri, 11 Dec 1998 12:46:43 GMT
I normally use Ares Fontmonger to convert my fonts from PC to Mac. I'm having a problem though, because my latest font is over 300k (!) and Fontmonger seems not to want to open fonts over 130k or so. I create my fonts via CorelDraw.

font printing different than screen view

From: Becky
Date: Thu, 10 Dec 1998 16:49:42 GMT
We are a service bureau woking with Win 95 and a TrueType font called Monotype Corsiva, it looks ok on the screen but when we send it to print on our HP Laser Printer or Agfa Imagesetter the font comes out with extra serifs and shapping of letters. We tried getting the font from a different customer thinking that the first customers font was corrupted, but it repeated the same problem as the first. HELP! what could be causing this to happen?? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Strange as it may sound, this is an indirect consequence of Adobe and Microsoft being unwilling to talk to each other sensibly several years ago. Back then, Adobe was installing the "standard 35" fonts inside all their printers. Microsoft wanted a "visually compatible" set, without paying Adobe or Linotype a penny in royalties. This notion sounds awful today, but is the reason for Microsoft's development of Monotype's Arial (for Helvetica), Book Antiqua (for Palatino), Corsiva (for Zapf Chancery), and several others. These fonts are designed to be "metrically compatible" (another horrible phrase you thankfully don't hear much these days) with the PostScript counterparts, so that most users (they weren't thinking of designers) would not notice the difference. Identical line breaks when using the Monotype fonts was of crucial importance for their target users.

The problem you're experiencing is related to another tedious "user" (rather than designer) issue: network traffic. If a printer's internal font is used, there's less data to send it. So Windows has a mechanism to substitute printer fonts when a certain TrueType font is used in a document. By default this means you get the PostScript fonts when you use one of the "compatible" fonts. You'll be pleased to know you can easily disable these substitutions. One way would be to rename Monotype Corsiva. A more elegant way is to remove the relevant line in WIN.INI, a section of which I've copied out below. -- Laurence

[Pscript TrueType Substitutions]
Arial Narrow=Helvetica-Narrow
Book Antiqua=Palatino
Bookman Old Style=Bookman
Century Gothic=AvantGarde
Century Schoolbook=NewCenturySchlbk
Courier New=Courier
Monotype Corsiva=ZapfChancery ; <-- REMOVE THIS LINE!
Monotype Sorts=ZapfDingbats
Times New Roman=Times

How to convert Arabic TrueType PC into TT Macintosh using Fontographer or TT convertor .Mac

From: Raouf A. malek
Date: Thu, 10 Dec 1998 04:47:39 GMT

Tamil TTF

From: Suresh
Date: Thu, 10 Dec 1998 02:06:13 GMT

I'd like to create some fonts for my mother tongue (Tamil) I'am an artist, and I have just started using computers. Could you please explain how to create fonts. I have fontographer.

Thank you



From: Shannon Steyn
Date: Wed, 9 Dec 1998 13:45:37 GMT
Hello, Can anybody give me some information about the touch-reading system known as Moon created by Dr. William Moon in 1847 and anything to do with this kind of symplification of type?

Thank you.

TrueType Converter

From: Brett Riordan
Date: Tue, 8 Dec 1998 15:56:31 GMT
Hi There

Am looking to download (hopefully for free) a copy of TrueType Converter, or some similart software. Need to convert PC TTFs to Mac TTFs.



Instruction in True Type Format

From: Hariadi
Date: Mon, 7 Dec 1998 06:52:19 GMT
Hi, I have a problem with instruction in True Type Format. I don't know how to read the instruction for each glyph although I already have information about instruction set. I already know that instruction must move to the stack, but I can not read it. Please tell me how to read it.

Thanks, hariadi

The instructions themselves don't move to the stack, but they operate on items that have been pushed there, either by PUSH instructions or as the result of previous instructions. It's not that tricky to write a program to list all the instructions in a TT font, assuming you know how to parse the 'glyf' table. Each glyph program is simply a list of bytecodes (which you can look up in the TT specification), with the exception of the PUSH instructions which are immediately followed by the data they push onto the stack. Download TTFDUMP from Microsoft's type site to see what you should be getting. -- Laurence

ttf - symbol format....

From: muralee
Date: Fri, 4 Dec 1998 16:01:44 GMT

i created a tamil language font with fontographer 3.5 in symbol format, so that i can use all the places in a true type font. now the problem is while iam trying to use it in frontpage98 a web page editor, that editor puts equivalent character codes for example there is one character which would sound like "ka". if i have to type the above said word i have to type the character 'f'. But that editor put a code &141. i know this is because of the format of that font iam using is "symbol". Anyone knows how can i convert to someother format so that frontpage98 will put the ascii codes back... any font converting tool available...

Bush for President

From: Nafai
Date: Fri, 4 Dec 1998 10:13:27 GMT
Does anyone know the name of the font, which is widely used on the banners seen in American election campaigns? It is a heavily seriffed font.

most common fonts

From: Ariadne Castilho Ferreira da Costa
Date: Thu, 3 Dec 1998 21:18:03 GMT
Hi, I need to know what fonts are most common in pcs and macs, not counting with arial, times and courier. I want to use a font, in a web page, that is in almost all windows and macs but must be different from the three fonts below. TIA Ariadne

different with adobe font

From: Raymond
Date: Wed, 2 Dec 1998 03:44:47 GMT
What is the different and similarity between True Type Font and Adobe Font, please explain detaily, thanks.

Greek & Hebrew Fonts - free downloads

From: John Patterson
Date: Wed, 2 Dec 1998 03:37:31 GMT
To whom it may concern, I would like to download TrueType fonts of Biblical Greek & Hebrew onto my Word Processing Program which I use in the process of writing my sermons. Can you help me find a location where I can download them for free. Thank you for your help.

TrueType in Multimedia

From: Chris Kolaskos
Date: Fri, 27 Nov 1998 20:08:34 GMT
Thank you for an excellent site!

I am a student at Columbus State Community College, studying Multimedia Production Technology. I am currently researching TrueType fonts in Multimedia. I was wondering if someone could provide me with some detailed information concerning TrueType!! What is the use of TrueType font technology in the multimedia industry? I know that this website contains detailed info on my question but I was hoping you could give me a general answer for the many uses in the multimedia industry. I know the history of TrueType, but would like some insight into its general uses in the Multimedia industry!!

Thank you for your help!

Chris Kolaskos

interstate highway font

From: Steven
Date: Wed, 25 Nov 1998 19:40:47 GMT
Where can I get the interstate highway font for free?

In serach of...

From: Jus
Date: Wed, 25 Nov 1998 12:51:00 GMT
I'm looking for a TrueType font called SPW... do you have it or know where I can find it... thanks, Jus

How can I convert postscript font to true type?

From: Alfred
Date: Sun, 22 Nov 1998 03:09:02 GMT
Does anyone know about freeware or shareware for converting postscript to true type font?

true type map

From: Umi Sa'adah
Date: Sat, 21 Nov 1998 05:07:22 GMT
I had a trouble when I am using Delphi programming to access the key-map of true type font that has a number more than 255 (ASCII code). For example : chr(300). How can I access that font (that has a code more than 255), especially in Delphi programming ?

Font "Skia" (Mac) for PC

From: Albin
Date: Fri, 20 Nov 1998 12:04:55 GMT
Hi! I am looking for the font "skia" (Mac) for PC (Win 95/98) - Hasd anyone an idea? Thanks in advance! :-)Albin(-:

true type font documentation

From: Bambang Sutrisno
Date: Thu, 19 Nov 1998 22:05:42 GMT
Where can I find the structure file of true type font ( how the font is saved to a file )

composites to glyph or cmap?

From: Rafael
Date: Thu, 19 Nov 1998 03:10:12 GMT
How can I make composites of one glyph to all other glyphs of a font? Or, how can I use the cmap table to let several character code points of a font point to the same glyph? I can't come to grips with the documentation I found until now. Thanks for any help.

student question

From: Christopher E. Kolaskos
Date: Tue, 17 Nov 1998 00:41:30 GMT
To whom it may concern, First off, I would like to commend all of the people who created this website. I am a student at Columbus State Community College. I was reading on the history of TrueType and found your website to be very informative. I have one problem though. There is a lot of information I do not understand yet. I am a first year multimedia student and I am learning everything from scratch, on my own. I would appreciate it if you could give me a detailed answer and some websites about the following question: What is the use of TrueType Technology in the Multimedia field? What is TrueType's future plans? Start with the evolution. There is a lot of information that I am studying on your site. I would greatly appreciate any help you could give me. Thankyou, Christopher E. Kolaskos student


From: SINE
Date: Sun, 15 Nov 1998 18:31:58 GMT
I have been searching for a font by the name of Van Dyke without success. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks

Arabic characters & HP Laserjet 5Si

From: Aiman
Date: Sun, 15 Nov 1998 09:50:09 GMT
Dear Sirs; I'm trying to print Arabic document, which having some English characters, on the HP Lserjet 5Si, but the document is printing only English characters, and non of the Arabic characters are printed. Would you solve this problem. Thanks, Best Regards.


From: Nihat TUNALI
Date: Thu, 12 Nov 1998 19:31:23 GMT
How can I convert ttf format to Vector format?

euro ecu character in windows 3.1

From: Thomas Pedersen
Date: Thu, 12 Nov 1998 09:52:46 GMT
What (and from where) can I do in order to include an euro 'ecu' character in win3.1?

True Type to CHR converter

From: Ozgur Gumus
Date: Thu, 12 Nov 1998 15:13:00 GMT
I am searching a TTF to Turbo Pascal CHR font format converter.

free fonts

From: Claude
Date: Wed, 4 Nov 1998 16:49:04 GMT
Can somebody tell me where I can find Free download of fonts on Internet" I need those specific fonts; Helvetica Narrow and Narrow-Bold, Avenir-Heavy, Helvetica-condensed and condensed-bold, Univers-condensed, condensed-bold and condensed-light and the Utopia-bold. If someone can help me on this please

reverse font

From: bob judem
Date: Tue, 3 Nov 1998 23:46:59 GMT
How do I find a "reverse video" font (i.e., white on black rectangular background)? Thanks.

Moving the fonts off of my HD to a zip disk

From: Ferdie
Date: Sun, 1 Nov 1998 16:48:39 GMT
Help!!!! I do not know who else to ask. I am running Win98 on a Pentium 120, 1.2GHD, and a zip drive. I have a ton of fonts and would like to install them, but in a way such that it will not bog my computer down. I would like to leave the system fonts on the HD but install the rest on a zip disk. Can anyone help me please????????

font conversion (postscript to tt)

From: kev
Date: Fri, 30 Oct 1998 12:03:28 GMT
haven't seen it mentioned here, but if you try to install postscript fonts in NT4, it asks if you want to convert the fonts to true type or use them as they are - anyone using ATM may not have come across this, as this function is bypassed if ATM is installed.

convert mac pac fonts

From: philippe
Date: Thu, 29 Oct 1998 09:21:41 GMT
URGENt a program will convert mac pac font

SFP signatures to TrueType?

From: John Garrett
Date: Wed, 11 Nov 1998 00:21:46 GMT
Looking for a utility to convert SFP signiture files to TrueType format?

Pascal "chr" Fonts

From: Ozgur Gumus
Date: Tue, 10 Nov 1998 21:50:51 GMT
How can I convert a true type font to pascal "chr" font?

Displaying emphasized text

From: Graham Knight
Date: Tue, 10 Nov 1998 16:38:58 GMT
How can I display emphasized true type text, by emphasized I mean displaying the text with a thick surrounding border around each character of the text.

TrueType Fonts

From: Debi Decker
Date: Wed, 4 Nov 1998 21:17:36 GMT
Why is it so difficult to get TrueType fonts for the PC? Even if I'm willing to PAY for them, it's a real pain trying to find them. Looking for Helvetica and Optima.

True-Type conversion to .afmfile

From: Tim Finks
Date: Tue, 3 Nov 1998 21:02:04 GMT
I've got a couple of TT fonts that I need to use with FrameMaker on HP-UX. FrameMaker requires (at minimum) two files for each font: a .pfa file and a .afm file. I have a utility provided by Adobe as part of FrameMaker to convert the usual .pfb file to a .pfa file, but I do not know how to derive a .afm file from either the .pfb or .pfm files. Any ideas?

font stub, 2nd

From: Rafael
Date: n, 1 Nov 1998 12:02:18 GMT
Hi, can anybody produce a TTF stub for me? Just an empty font header file that can theoretically take all Unicode fonts (that is, no language specific data contained). I'd then import bitmap data using sbit (works soso, but I don't have a fitting stub...). Please help!

Poetica Roman font

From: Chung-Cheng
Date: Sun, 1 Nov 1998 06:44:14 GMT
Hi Do someone know about the "Poetica Roman" font? Who create this front? Do someone know this ? Could you tell me? I spend more than four hours and can't find anything in library. I fell depressed about this. I worry about I can't finish my research assignment about Poetica Roman. Thanks a lot!

spacing after a period in a sentence--two or one?

From: Epoch
Date: Fri, 30 Oct 1998 00:48:51 GMT
One space or two after a period? I believe 2 if monotype; 1 if proportional type face. Please direct me to a source (book, magazine, web site...) Thanks

True Type Assignment

From: Yumiko Kuwayama
Date: Thu, 29 Oct 1998 01:56:07 GMT
Hi! I got an assingment on the DTP class in my college. The assignment is create a documentation of Post Script & True Type In the dosmentation, I've got to discus about both PS & TT which is like what PS& TT are, what the differences between them etc... If you have any informations of Web or Books etc... please e-mail me. Thanks Yumiko

TrueType fonts won't print

From: Kevin Thorley
Date: Fri, 30 Oct 1998 00:00:56 GMT
I recently used ttconverter to convert several PC fonts to Mac format. The conversion went fine, they show up great on the screen, and I can print out samples using ATM. However, when i print from an application such as Quark or PageMaker, the TrueType fonts won't print. They get substituted (with Courier, I think). Does anyone know why this is? I am printing from a Xante 3G printer, with Adobe PostScript3. Some TrueType fonts, which were originally on the Mac, print fine. Only the ones which came from the PC, such as Century Gothic and Wingdings, don't print from applications. Please help! Kevin


Date: Wed, 28 Oct 1998 13:17:42 GMT

typography history

From: Nathalie Spendlove
Date: Tue, 27 Oct 1998 23:01:01 GMT
hi! i need to find the history of mistral, goudy and avante- garde fonts? can you recommended a web site for me?

TTF file format specification

From: Alex Sinitsin
Date: Tue, 27 Oct 1998 21:12:19 GMT

Finding "Ariel Bold"

From: Marc Soldano
Date: Mon, 26 Oct 1998 14:56:07 GMT
Where can I find, and how can I download "Ariel bold"?

TrueType vs Postscript

From: Linda Bethel
Date: Fri, 23 Oct 1998 20:39:09 GMT
I am trying to find a way to save a .dvi file (true type) in such a way to open it up into Adobe Illustrator. This can be done on the mac, but not on my nt4.0 system. I think this is a font problem because when I create a postscript version of the .dvi file, I get font error messages. can you help me?

TrueType or PostScript? Windows 2 Mac?

From: Larry
Date: Fri, 23 Oct 1998 04:10:20 GMT
Hi again; Got two questions:(1) How do I tell which of my fonts are TT and which are PS? (2) Is there a utility to convert Windows fonts to Mac?

Font not found

From: Larry
Date: Fri, 23 Oct 1998 03:54:44 GMT
Hello; Some times when I try to print a document, say in manual ssi, all is well; other times it says the same font cannot be found and will be replaced by another, always courier. I am on an AppleShare network with a Personal LaserWriter NTR on the network.

recommend a font manager pls

From: robin krout
Date: Fri, 23 Oct 1998 03:07:44 GMT
I'm looking for a font manager where i can view all types of fonts (true type, post script whatever) print rename them, organize them, catalog them whatever. I would appreciate any suggestions. thanks. Robin

Palation Truetypes

From: Allard Swart
Date: Wed, 21 Oct 1998 13:23:10 GMT
I'm looking for the PALATINO Truetype for Word97. I can't find this Truetype. Allard

Helvetica and Palatino Fonts

From: Cindy Nabbie
Date: Wed, 21 Oct 1998 16:10:21 GMT
I copied helvetica fonts to my Windows 95, but I'm unable to see any of the fonts when working in WP6.1 or WP7.0. Why am I unable to use these fonts? Where can I get truetype Palatino fonts? Thanks, New user of fonts I

Mac vs PC naming convention

From: Damon Leedham
Date: Tue, 20 Oct 1998 14:56:26 GMT
Please can you tell me if there is an alphabetical listing anywhere showing TrueType fonts with their PC and corresponding Mac names. I am often told the name of a font but I am given the Mac name and I have no idea how to find it on the PC. Thanks in anticipation, Damon

converting .ttf to Apple TrueType ( Arabic )

From: Sean Malek
Date: Mon, 19 Oct 1998 17:39:10 GMT
I tried to convert a few TrueType Pc into TrueType Mac ( Arabic fonts ) using Fontographer ( Mac ) or TT converter ... using Arabic Script , ID Fonts Arabic range , Arabic software , Arabic Keyboard and I managed 30 % and I will be much appreciate for any help or tips .Many thanksSean Malek

TTF Structure?

From: T.M.
Date: Sat, 17 Oct 1998 10:41:25 GMT
I need to know the structure of true type fonts. As in I am creating a software that can design one. But I need to know how to save the designs as *.ttf in my program... Maybe I need to know the Input/Output operations needed for ttf's. PLEASE HELP ME!?!

missing font

From: Shirley
Date: Fri, 16 Oct 1998 21:54:43 GMT
i have just installed many fonts in my font folder under my control panel on my pc. however, my applications failed to recognize my avant garde book font but all the other ones seem to show up. if double clicked in the font folder, the example shows up just fine. is there a setting that i should be checking?

Truetype to HP

From: Paul HOwse
Date: Fri, 16 Oct 1998 13:35:17 GMT
I need to convert my true type fonts to HP downloadble Format to flash to a printer.. Is there any software to do this or any way i can do this.

cross platform

From: Rod Humiecki
Date: Wed, 14 Oct 1998 11:49:45 GMT
Are all truetype fonts available in similar appearance for Macs and PCs? If so where do I get them? Does Adobe Type Manager solve any of the cross platform problems with type?

Another name for TAHOMA?

From: Paul van der Weyde
Date: Wed, 14 Oct 1998 09:09:59 GMT
I know that for obvious reasons (copyrights), some font names are changed. How about the font name TAHOMA? Is there an equivalent?

Thanx in advance


Tahoma is the genuine name for this font, used throughout the user interface of Office 97. It's similar to Verdana, but more tightly set. It has a very large character set including Cyrillic, Greek and Arabic. -- Laurence

Font "Drop-out" in Win95

From: John D. Peedle
Date: Wed, 14 Oct 1998 13:12:07 GMT
I have recently created a ttf (in Fontographer 3.5.2) containing a number of glyphs representing company logos. I used ascii 65 - 69 as they were easy for users to insert into documents.

All went well untill we installed the font onto users PCs. All of a sudden, without warning, the characters displayed in whatever application was using the font would be replaced by the appropriate "english" character i.e. A for ascii 65 etc.

The only cure we could find was to double click on the font in the Fonts folder, click done on the ensuing dialog box (which also displayed characters not present in the font) and restart the PC

Its got me totally baffled and I would be grateful for any assistance

Many thanks

Fontographer and PINK

From: Jason Glavy
Date: Wed, 14 Oct 1998 05:17:58 GMT
Suddenly when I open a script in Fontographer, the background is PINK! instead of the normal white. I'm sure that it is the result of some conflict with the Scanner I recently installed, but even after removing the scanner and drivers, the PINK still stays. I tried removing Fontographer and reinstalling it, but that didn't work either. I dread the thought of having to reload Windows95 again. Any advice?

CG Times available in TrueType? Where?

From: James Combs
Date: Mon, 12 Oct 1998 21:12:36 GMT
Is CG Times font available in a TrueType font? I've only found this font built into Hewlett-Packard Lazer Printers. If it is available,or - its twin with a different name, I'd appreciate knowing how/where to obtain it. Thank you, James

ChelmsfordBook true type font

From: Cindy Feeser
Date: Mon, 12 Oct 1998 21:35:34 GMT
Where can I find this font or one similar to it?

I need a ttf arabic!!!!

From: gianni
Date: Mon, 12 Oct 1998 15:42:13 GMT
Where i can find it????

Looking for source of a particular TT font

From: Jeff Rankin-Lowe
Date: 11 October 1998 09:59
I don't know where I found it or if it's shareware or freeware, but I have a Windows TT font with the name "Lots of Dead Crack Babies" (newcrack.ttf). I'd like to find out who publishes it. I'd also like to find out if there's a Type 1 version because the printer who's going to print my book insists that I not use TrueType fonts. I need this font, so a Type 1 version is imperative. Thanks.

words splitting in my new font

From: pburdett
Date: 09 October 1998 22:09
don't know whether you able to help me but I am so fustrated. I have created my own font, which took my quite along time. But now I have finished I am quite proud of it but have one problem I just can't solve.

The ttf I have created works fine in Word until I get to the end of the line and then the word is split, so half the word is on the next line.

Please, please can you help.

Sounds like you may have a badly coded space character. If it has to, when it comes across a word that's too long, MSWord will split words. Your space character may be fooling MSWord that it's a "non-breaking space", and hence the line looks like one long word. -- Laurence

Converting Postscript fonts to True Type

From: Carrie Harrington
Date: 09 October 1998 13:52
What are the implications of taking a PostScript font (ex: Garamond BE Condensed from Adobe) and downloading it into the fonts folder on the Windows Control Panel (this converts it to a True Type font)? I've tried to use the ATM software from Adobe, and although the fonts appear in the ATM, they are not showing up in my applications. Downloading them into the fonts folder seems to have worked, but I don't know if anything will happened due to the fact that it has been converted to True Type?

You must be using Windows NT for this to happen. In general, this conversion is reckoned to be pretty good. But it is not really desirable to have a converted font, especially not if you'll be printing on PostScript printers. In this case, NT can be set to use the TrueType for the screen, the Type 1 for printing. Now that ATM is available for NT (NT 4 at least), it's best to use the Type 1 for both screen and printer. -- Laurence

UK Road Signs TTF

From: John Gray
Date: 06 October 1998 13:33
Has anyone come across one of these? From the inexpert eye, it seems that this font is fairly close to Helvetica/Arial, with a curl at the bottom of the lower-case 'l' and (almost) no other changes. I tried the St Bride's Printing Library in central London - they have the original drawings, but did not know of a TrueType font version ...


no subject

From: Jurgen Honer
Date: 05 October 1998 17:53
I'm looking for the truetype font fragile and of the same gender


TTF hinted

From: Armando H. Marroquin
Date: 05 October 1998 14:08

Help me please. I have made some chess character fonts in Corel Draw 7.0 and looks fine. For a professional finish I bought the Fontographer 4.1 for Windows (I want a hinted fonts). I tried to renew my fonts in the Fontographer but I have problems. I did this steps:

1) I loaded a TTF chess font with
File > Open Font

2) I renamed the font in
Element > Font Info and

3) I generated the font with
File > Generate... > PC > TrueType

After I installed the 'new' font in Windows (3.1 and 95) and I obtain a character set with white vertical rectangles only.

However if I open the 'new' font back up in Fontographer, the character set looks fine. Please tell me what I must to do.

Thanks in advance,

Armando H. Ma

I am sorry to tell you that Fontographer is not the tool to give you well-hinted TrueTypes for Windows. Much better would have been FontLab. But the character set problem is another matter. Corel is not a font-making tool any professionals recommend - possibly it gives characters unusual codes. One way of making things work for now would be create a new, empty font in Fontographer, then copy each character from the old font into the new one. You can do this easily in one go, by "dragging" on the character map window. Then save and try out the font. -- Laurence

Windows to Mac Conversion

From: Vector
Date: 05 October 1998 03:31
I have this Mac font, a .sit file, which I want converted to a .ttf file for use with my Windows 95 PC. What program can I use to do this?

SIT files are Stuffit archives. Use the shareware Stuffit program to extract these files. You'll then need to use Refont (see Aug 28 below) to use the font in Windows. -- Laurence

Ragged Edges

From: Julie Moore
Date: Fri, 2 Oct 1998 19:11:52 GMT

I've run into a problem I've so far been unable to solve, although I suspect it's not uncommon. I'm using a WYSIWYG text editor to create web pages, and I've been doing the headings in my paint program. Almost all of the fonts I've tried using show up with ragged edges...especially on the curves. I found a Microsoft download that I thought would smooth them out, but it hasn't helped, and I haven't even been able to figure out the point of it. (It sits as a Plus! in my desplay settings).

While the type looks better once I import it into the web page, the smoothing causing a puckering effect around the letters. Can you tell me what to do to solve this problem please. Thank you.

The MS font smoothing extension enhances text in most normal situations, but some applications (such as paint apps) may assume text is always made up of solid pixels, not shades in between black and white (or foreground and background). The trick is to find an app that likes the smooth edges, colour the text as you want, then import the text from that using a screen grabber. -- Laurence


From: Jason Glavy
Date: Wed, 30 Sep 1998 04:03:53 GMT
I would like to know the following: Is there any programme out there which would allow me to convert fonts designed for TEX into TTF or Type 1 fonts? If there is, where may a access this software?

True Type = Type 42

From: Martin
Date: Tue, 29 Sep 1998 17:44:24 GMT

I am looking for PDF writer that in process of creation of pdf file will not convert True Type fonts to Type 42, but leave as real True Type fonts, I need this procedure to keep the orginal quality of the True Type font. Adobe Acrobat does the conversion and font looses its orignal hints, and the same time loosing quality.


Type 42 is still TrueType: it's simply a rearrangement of the binary data, and thus preserves the outlines and hints in complete accuracy. If you're getting unexpected results, then the PDF is substituting another font for some reason. -- Laurence

How to enable TrueType Fonts

From: yhl
Date: Mon, 28 Sep 1998 15:58:02 GMT
I'm using Windows 95.After installing a program, my computer cannot display any TrueType fonts, including fonts in the desktop.There aren't any TTF in the fonts drop-down list now.The only fonts displayed and now are Fixedsys, System and Terminal.But the TTF fonts are existing in the Fonts Folder under Control Panel.When I open some programs, error messages occurred :......please enable TrueType fonts...... Please tell me how to enable TrueType fonts. Thank you very much!

greek fonts

From: anastasios safridis
Date: Mon, 28 Sep 1998 14:08:36 GMT
I studie in belgium and i need some greek fonts like hellassouvenir or times new roman greek to download and works with an english-greek dictionary. I need some informations about this. Thank you.

TrendexSSK Font

From: Stacey Lane
Date: Wed, 23 Sep 1998 13:40:38 GMT

I use the TrendexSSK font for letterhead with Windows 95. I tried to use this font in a Windows 98 environment but it is not the same. Is there some way I could get this font to "work" with Win 98? Or is there a font that is compatible?

Thank you for any information you can provide.

It's probably a buggy TrueType that happened still to work in Windows 95. There are a few enhancements to Win 98's font system, and it's possible some of these are detectors for potentially dangerous fonts. -- Laurence

True Type On Postscript Printers

From: Charles Brown
Date: Tue, 22 Sep 1998 22:26:52 GMT
How do I print True Type Fonts from a G3 Mac to HP printers. i am new to this Mac World. Please Help a newbie in training?

They should just work. Are you trying to use Windows TTFs or something? -- Laurence

truetype helvetica font

From: charles Bass
Date: Mon, 21 Sep 1998 21:43:41 GMT
where can i get the full helvetica font in a truetype package??

From your local Linotype representative. -- Laurence

Use TTF from Windows95 on Apple Macintosh ?

From: Gunther Richter
Date: Mon, 21 Sep 1998 23:20:08 GMT
Is it possible to use Windows 95 TTF on a Macintosh system? Or is there a conversion utility available? Thanks Gunther

See the response to the Jul 27 question below. -- Laurence

What are some approaches to auto-hinting?

From: Don Speray
Date: Sun, 20 Sep 1998 09:06:00 GMT
I'm learning the TT instructing language and I'm curious how auto-hinters work. I assume there's a taxonomy of sorts: some translate hints from another scaling technology, some start with a higher-level (perhaps purely graphical or declarative) language, and some start with just raw outlines. I'm looking for sufficient detail to understand possible algorithms. Thanks.

learning from glyph programs

From: Don Speray
Date: Sun, 20 Sep 1998 10:28:45 GMT
TT fonts share one interesting feature with HTML pages -- hard-gained source code is given away to the public. With Microsoft's own TTFDUMP program, for example, one can study the hints written by a respected foundry. I assume this is commonly done by professionals. My question is, what are the legal ramifications of learning hinting this way (by studying the masters)? I'm concerned about stumbling onto a patented algorithm or something! (Note that I'm not suggesting stealing code, just studying techniques.)

P.S. Your site has an impressive signal-to-noise ratio.

An interesting one. I don't know the answer. -- Laurence

antialiase TrueType text On TV monitor

From: pengshy
Date: Sat, 19 Sep 1998 10:52:52 GMT
Hi, I am a student,I'm doing something to view TrueType text on video monitor(PAL/NTSC).How can I get antialiasing glyphs rasterize them and rendering them with a single color( may multiple colors in gradual mode) or grains/Gifpictures.I work on Win95 with Visual C++ ver5.0.Is there any source code avaible to help me?How to get it?



If you use the functions TextOut and GetGlyphOutline (in bitmap mode) on a colour hdc, you should obtain anti-aliased type. You can choose different foreground and background colours. You will need the "Plus!" pack or the Microsoft add-on for anti-aliased type. For video though, it may be better to switch off hinting altogether (since sharp edges can cause flicker) and enable anti-aliasing at all sizes. You can do this for any TrueType font with the shareware 'gasp' table editor, TTFGASP. -- Laurence

true type on Mac

From: Miki
Date: Wed, 16 Sep 1998 19:17:39 GMT
I'm producing artwork on PC usng both True Type and Type 1 fonts via Adobe Type Manager Deluxe.

When presenting work to printers who like to put it thru a mac, just to make sure!, before making plates. If i've used True Type in the artwork they tell me to find a postscript equivelent.

My question is...why? Can Macs not understand True Type? Do the Mac need to be running something like Adobe Type Manager? Can I go back to my printer and tell him he's talking crap?

Any light shed on this subject would be greatly appreciated as this headache is getting bigger!

Macs can certainly deal with TrueType fonts. But he's not talking total crap. Some old PostScript printers do not handle TrueType well. And it's unfortunate that there are more bug-ridden TrueTypes out there than Type 1 - there's simply more to go wrong. If you obtain your TrueTypes from reputable sources and your printers have recent equipment there should be few problems. -- Laurence

Windows 95 & WordPerfect 5.1

From: Pam Fleming
Date: Tue, 15 Sep 1998 21:35:21 GMT
Hi, Friends at TrueType:

I recently installed Windows 95 and now cannot print using TrueType fonts for DOS on my WordPerfect 5.1. Have tried reinstalling TrueType and going through the trouble-shooting tips in the manual, but nothing helps. The first page prints out with " 0402m0rPF SMLSAR 0,'Journal[Run WPT] " The next page appears to be in standard (Journal) WP font and crowds the letters together and overlaps some of them. It's pretty much unreadable.

I am using an HP Deskjet 500C. I had no problems with WP 5.1 and this printer when using standard DOS and after installing Windows 3.1.0. Just after Windows 95. What have I done wrong? I love my TrueType typestyles and want to continue using it with WordPerfect 5.1.

I'd appreciate any tips you can provide.

Thanks very much.

Pam Fleming

I don't know about the continued use of TT for DOS in Windows 95. Perhaps it thinks the fonts are in a particular folder, in which case you could create a new folder and copy the fonts you need into it. The Windows/Fonts directory is handled with special routines in Windows 95 - it is not a "normal" directory - so might confuse an old program.

TrueType Converter Help?

From: Merrick Hard
Date: Mon, 14 Sep 1998 03:30:23 GMT
I have just started getting into fonts and typography. I used TT Converter on some Win fonts to use on my Mac but was unable to have them recognized by my various publishing programs (didn't show on fonts list). Any help for Mr. Newbie? I am also looking for a freeware/shareware program/s to create my own fonts on my Mac using scanning and/or modifying/creating via publishing tools (photoshop/illustrator).

Thanks for all your help in advance!

Merrick Hard (enthusiastic newbie)

Some cheap fonts do not have certain information (e.g. in the 'cmap' and 'name' tables) essential for use on the Mac.-- Laurence

Original TrueType Fonts

From: Charlie Cook
Date: Mon, 14 Sep 1998 04:02:42 GMT
How do I distinguish the originalfonts that came with Windows and the ones that vary programs and I added to the installed font list? I have a bunch of fonts (800+)in my Fonts directory that I don't need or will never use. I accidentally installed a large number of them. I don't want to delete the essential Windows fonts when I'm housecleaning the Font directory but I do need to reduce the overhead.

Effect of Installed Fonts on RAM

From: Ken Fermoyle
Date: Fri, 11 Sep 1998 13:14:56 GMT
In Win3X all installed fonts were loaded into RAM, correct? In the Win95/98 Registry-based font support system, however, all 32-bit applications and Windows have immediate access to all installed fonts through the Registry so the installed fonts ARE NOT loaded into RAM. Is that also correct? I have been challenged on this subject & want to be sure I have it right.

In Windows 3.1 it was not the case that "all installed fonts were loaded into RAM". I understand that a small reference to each font was in RAM, meaning that lots of fonts could exhaust resources and hence slow down a system. Windows 95 is certainly more efficient with fonts than Win 3.1, but the exact details of when fonts go in and out of RAM are complicated and not publicized. -- Laurence

Point Size Variances

From: Gwen Gall
Date: Wed, 9 Sep 1998 18:38:35 GMT
Can anyone verify which Garamond TrueType font file should be used? We have installed something from Microsoft that has made our Garamond 12 point noticeably smaller (looks like 11 point). Our system administrator does not understand font sizes, and insists that what he has installed is correct. Can anyone answer this question for me?

I guess it's a new version of Garamond, such as might be bundled with a LaserJet printer driver. Different versions of Garamond may well have different apparent sizes at the same point size. This goes back to the traditional way type was used. Individual pieces of lead type would be cast on a particular body-height, this being the font's size in points. The ascenders would normally reach just about to the top of this height, the descenders would reach almost to the bottom. If the typesetting called for more spacing between lines, then "leading" (thin horizontal strips of lead) would be placed between lines. However, some type designers preferred always to design with the leading "built-in", so that type could never be set too tightly and additional leading would not be necessary to use the font as intended. Because Garamond's types were revived by many different foundries, each with their different practices, you will find that the sizes of different revivals sometimes do not match. Think of it as a interesting historical anomaly! -- Laurence

Typeface Numbers

From: Richard Stevens
Date: Wed, 9 Sep 1998 08:07:13 GMT
How can I find the TT typeface numbers for inclusion in a printer escape sequence (Esc .... ####T). Locating these for internal printer fonts is simple enough (Arial=16602; Univers=4148) but what about other typefaces?

TrueType and MS programs

From: Natasha Karr
Date: Tue, 8 Sep 1998 20:36:20 GMT
We want to install a truetype version of a particular font into out MS programs which are running on Windows NT. We are a large firm utilizing MS Office. Will these fonts work as well as the MS systems fonts that accompany the MS programs?

Any help would be great.

N Karr

It depends: a) on whether the creator of the TrueType font has placed all the characters that are needed in the correct positions; b) on whether it's been checked for bugs; c) on whether you can live with the lower screen quality, since the new TrueType font probably won't be as carefully hinted as the MS ones. Fonts from a reputable foundry should normally pass the first two tests; a select few fonts from Monotype, Linotype, Adobe and Font Bureau (and a few other places) pass the third. -- Laurence

Converting a MAX font to a TTF for use on Windows

From: Brian Mitter
Date: Tue, 8 Sep 1998 15:56:03 GMT
Does anyone know of a program that will convert a Macintosh font (skia) into a format useable on a Windows 95/98 machine? Thanxk

See the response to the Aug 28 question below. Alternatively, get the resource fork of the font, delete the first 388 bytes, change the first 4 bytes to 0x00010000, and rename the file to skia.ttf. This will work in Windows. -- Laurence

Please help me in reading Chinese Text!!

From: Huy Vu
Date: Sun, 6 Sep 1998 03:02:17 GMT
Dear everyone, I wonder that if there is any who can give me some usual Chinese font for me because I can not read any Chinese Text. Please help me! Mail to me soon at the E-mail address above! I am very grateful to anyone who can help me or give me some advice !! Thank you very much.

How to add a new font

From: andre
Date: Sat, 5 Sep 1998 04:45:27 GMT
A friend sent me the font I wanted by attached files. But I can't open and install them: Windows tells me the file is not a valid font file. Can anyone explain me how to proceed? Thanks.

Could be many things. Maybe it is a dud font. Maybe it's compressed and you need to unzip/unstuff/... it. Maybe it's a Mac format font. -- Laurence

Font Conversion

From: John Burton
Date: Wed, 2 Sep 1998 05:06:03 GMT
I need to convert a PC truetype font (Pompeii capitals) into a Mac True type font. How does one go about doing this?

See the response to the Jul 27 question below. -- Laurence

Old Printer

From: Jeff
Date: Tue, 1 Sep 1998 15:04:35 GMT
I have an old Kodak Diconix 150plus portable printer that I can't get truetype fonts to work on. Is there anything I can do?

font stub?

From: Rafael
Date: Tue, 1 Sep 1998 00:13:17 GMT
On MS' Typography site there's a utility called SBIT that embeds bdf font bitmaps into a TTF. But there has to be a font to start with, so how can I make an "empty" truetype font? A template? Thanks

The main purpose of 'sbits' is to add bitmaps at particular sizes to existing fonts, not to create a TrueType font that only contains bitmaps. As yet, I don't think this is recommended. -- Laurence

TTF on Mac

From: Arvin Lodaya
Date: Fri, 28 Aug 1998 19:29:25 GMT
I've found to my utter surprise that some *.ttf fonts had were actually useable on my Mac - but the reverse didn't happen. Also, I have Fontographer on my PC but it doesn't recognise any Mac fonts I try & open in it... Please help.

I'm surprised. Officially, TTF files will only work on System 8.5 or later! Until then, you need to use a conversion program like TTconverter. For the reverse direction, use Refont. -- Laurence

Converting TTF fonts to HP downloadable

From: mike
Date: Fri, 28 Aug 1998 15:49:35 GMT
A customer of ours has asked if it is possible to convert Truetype fonts to HP downloadable fonts (.SFP) Is software available to do this? If so, is it expensive? Please let me know. Thank you.

Yes. Check out the TTFtoSFP and Striker pages on this site. -- Laurence

Computer Modern Roman CMP

From: Joe Majdalani
Date: Mon, 24 Aug 1998 00:06:19 GMT
Computer Modern Fonts are very sharp looking fonts used by TeX and LaTeX users. Recently, they have been made available in TrueType. Is there any noncommercial version of Computer Modern Fonts?

High quality Type 1 versions of Computer Modern are available for free from Blue Sky Research.Go to this FTP directory and download the 2.8Mb file containing 75 fonts. -- Laurence

Bitmap to TTF

From: Arthur
Date: Fri, 21 Aug 1998 11:56:45 GMT
Is there any API calls that allow the creation of fonts from basic Bitmaps. I know there is for working the opposite direction using getglyphoutline etc.. but I want to convert bitmaps to TTF.

No. Curve tracing of bitmaps would be quite a complex process to put into the API of an operating system. There are several techniques, some more suitable for fonts than others; thus it's a facility best left to specialist applications like StreamLine from Adobe and ScanFont from the creators of FontLab. -- Laurence

CG Times TrueType font

From: James Combs
Date: Fri, 21 Aug 1998 00:56:07 GMT
To my knowledge, CG Times scalable fonts have always been Hewlett-Packard Printer fonts. Can I obtain it in a TrueType font?

Thank you, James

TrueType versions of all the internal fonts come with the printer drivers for these printers. If you need the fonts and don't have the printer, you can probably obtain them from Agfa, who made them. -- Laurence

TTf identification

From: Roger Swanson
Date: Thu, 20 Aug 1998 18:05:00 GMT
Some vendors will not accept truetype fonts. How can I identify a truetype font from Adobe, Agfa or Bitstream fonts?

Most foundries sell you a PostScript fonts unless you specifically request TrueType. -- Laurence

display arabic texts

From: j.voelske
Date: Wed, 19 Aug 1998 21:27:26 GMT
hi there, i'm just looking for a driver for windows that makes the proper display for arabix textfiles, especially the change of letter shapes depending on the position in the word. it should transform of all windows outputs like e.g. the njwin-driver does for japanese etc.

greetings joerg.

looking for a typeface

From: susan fordyce
Date: Wed, 19 Aug 1998 15:08:32 GMT
I am trying to find an electronic version of the old Letraset Candice typeface. We have it listed in a 1987 Letraset font book. Thanks for your help

There is an Elsner+Flake digitization, but probably only as PostScript Type 1. -- Laurence

Installing a TTF in Win95

From: Juan Antonio Ramirez
Date: Mon, 17 Aug 1998 19:56:07 GMT
I'm trying to install a TTF in Windows 95, but I'm getting a message saying the font file may be damaged and the font is not intalled. It happens with any new font I try to install, and I even tried uninstalling an old font, then reinstalling it, with the same results. I DO have about 900 fonts installed already... Might this be the problem?

It certainly could be the problem. Windows can typically have around 1000 fonts installed, but this can be reduced if they have long names. It's not a very helpful error message though, if so... -- Laurence

Editing TrueType In Illustrator 7.0

From: Elton
Date: Fri, 14 Aug 1998 22:34:42 GMT
Am I missimg something or is it really not possible to change TrueType to outlines so I can play with my type. I'm not wanting to change the who typeface, just the letters I am working on.If this really isn't possible (and like most designers I know, they hate to just use the typeface "as is" what do you suggest I do?

Greek fonts for Windows 95

From: Jim
Date: Tue, 11 Aug 1998 20:09:54 GMT
How can I get my system to write in Greek as well as English? My computer can encode and write Greek, but only in the Arial, Arial Black, Courier New, Impact, and Times New Roman fonts. I have a selector which changes the keyboard settings from English (United States-International) to Greek (Greek IBM 220). That is the only way I can write in Greek. But if I were to label a music CD on my CD player it comes out as a group of vowels. My computer has Windows 95 which I installed to upgrade the original Windows 3.11. What can I do? I hope I have given enough information. Thank you for your concern and guidelines.

True Type

From: Vladie
Date: Sun, 16 Aug 1998 22:45:56 GMT
I'm a big user of dictionaries. After installing Win98 over the previous version of Win95 a very mysterious thing insued. The transliteration character used for the vocals in words such as "murder" or "fur" transformed itself into a square. The Webster uses its' own TTfont for the transliteration called ZCIpronunciation1. After checking this font by means of character map I found out that the mentionned character had changed to a square.As a matter of fact, this character was the only thing that changed in the whole font after installing Win98. For the moment I think I can live with this but if anyone could give me some reasonable explanation of this bizarre phenomenon I'd be able to get rid of the superstition that follows me during my Win sessions.

This is odd. Perhaps it is connected with Win 98's support for the Euro character, newly inserted into position 128 in the Windows (Western) character set. In fact it's a little bit more complicated: Windows 98 will refer to character 0x20AC in Unicode for the position 128 (and would find it empty in your font), whereas Windows 95 and 3.1 refer simply to 0x0080 (=128). If your custom transliteration font uses this slot, it might be the cause of the problem. Assuming this, the font really should have been encoded as a symbol font. I could re-encode it this way if you like, and it would then continue to work whatever Microsoft do to the standard "text" layout in the future. -- Laurence


From: Keith Rogers
Date: Tue, 11 Aug 1998 14:50:12 GMT
Does anyone know how to convert a postscript font into a truetype (Windows) font? I'm stuck with the Italia font!! Cheers, Keith

Probably FontLab does the best conversions. If you don't want to buy that software, then any competent digital typographer should have the tools to do it for you. -- Laurence


From: Debbie Bennett
Date: Sat, 8 Aug 1998 00:35:26 GMT
I have downloaded true type fonts and they will not install to where I can choose them . can you help me

cross platform?

From: J Young
Date: Sat, 8 Aug 1998 18:37:56 GMT
Is there a program that convert pc fonts to mac fonts? I work in a mac shop and I can't get mac fonts to flow as the pc fonts show on the customer's lasers.

See the response to the Jul 27 question below. -- Laurence

printed samples

From: phil sheridan
Date: Thu, 6 Aug 1998 22:06:34 GMT
TrueType: i'm looking for a wallchart or book that displays samples of many of the TT fonts avail. with windows 95. my family (and i) want something we can glance over quickly to pick a font. thank you

Windows truetype on a mac?

From: Chris
Date: Mon, 27 Jul 1998 16:50:06 GMT
Does anyone know how to use windows-based TT fonts on a Mac? I have been sent some specialist graphical fonts that I would like to be able to use but cannot at the moment

Use the shareware Mac utility TTconverter. -- Laurence

help me!!!

From: Chang Ghang
Date: Sun, 26 Jul 1998 21:30:24 -0700 (PDT)
Hi! My name is Ghang. I has tried to call the GlyphOutline API function, but I failed. I don't know what was missed or not correct.

Here is my code.

: static GLYPHMETRICS gm;
static DWORD bs;
static BITMAP * bd;
static MAT2 trans_mat2 = { {0, 1}, {0, 0}, {0, 0}, {0, 1} };

memset(&gm, 0, sizeof(gm));

bs = pDC->GetGlyphOutline('a', GGO_METRICS, &gm, 0, bd, &trans_mat2);
ASSERT(bs == 0); --> Assertion fail occured!!!
: --> That means the function call is failed.

Could you correct my code? Or show me the demo code? I use Windows 95 english version and Visual C++ 2.0 compiler. And my email address is Thank you.

It seems you're using a pointer ('bd') to the bitmap data, where you should be using NULL if all you want is the metrics. -- Laurence

win95 and lack of tahoma font on starting

From: darrin
Date: Sat, 25 Jul 1998 18:57:37 GMT
Does anyone know why, when starting 95 the desktop defaults to a rather ugly font? When trying to launch any application I get a message that the 'tahoma' font is missing, even though it resides in the font folder as bold as brass. I would be most grateful for any help as I am tearing my hair out trying to resolve it. Many thanks Darrin

Font search, Hoeffler

From: J.C. Block
Date: Thu, 23 Jul 1998 20:38:56 GMT
I've had to convert from Mac to Windows. I've become attached to an Apple Truetype font called 'Hoeffler.' Is there a PC version, perhaps under another name? Is there a font-conversion utility that will make a Mac font into a Windows font? I'd much appreciate any help.

I would recommend going to the Hoefler Type Foundry's site to find the latest status on PC versions. -- Laurence.

czech encoding

From: George Mikula
Date: Thu, 23 Jul 1998 04:33:07 GMT
I have a document w/English version of font which I want to print on Czech system/keyboard. Can I change my original font to Czech encoding using Fontographer software? Where is the problem? I have spent last 3 days on this puzzle. Help if you can. Thanks

TTF file format details required

From: shripad
Date: Wed, 22 Jul 1998 10:37:58 GMT
I would like know the TTF file format details and the whitepages for the same. Also is there any utility so as to convert a FNT file To TTF ?

The TrueType file format can be found at several locations on the net. Start at the TrueType Specification area of this site and link to Apple or Microsoft's pages. It's difficult to know what you expect from a FNT to TTF conversion. FNTs are bitmaps; TTFs are outlines. What do you want to get? A good, smooth outline? An outline that stair-steps exactly around the bitmap letters? The bitmaps embedded in the TrueType file? All are possible and each requires different techniques. -- Laurence

Japanese, Cantonese, Korean

From: Jimmy Dunne
Date: Mon, 20 Jul 1998 21:04:36 GMT
We use Sieman's lasers for high speed output. Have a client that wants letter output in the above and more. Is this possible? Thanks.

OS/2 System VIO Fonts under NT?

From: Stefan Jenni
Date: Mon, 20 Jul 1998 20:02:12 GMT
Is it possible to use (or convert) the SYSTEM VIO font from OS/2 to WindowsNT? Any help or ideas would be greatly appreciated

Stefan Jenni

Bitmap conversion

From: Ahmad Zimit
Date: Fri, 24 Jul 1998 12:02:48 GMT
I need some explanation on how to convert bitmap images into scalable true type font please.

You would do well to try out ScanFont from the FontLab people. -- Laurence

TrueType Equivalent

From: Craig
Date: Tue, 21 Jul 1998 21:24:22 GMT
I'm looking for a TrueType equivalent font to Optima postscript typeface.

This misunderstanding comes up a lot. If you want a TrueType version of Optima, then you should order "Optima TrueType" direct from Linotype, who own the rights to the design. The fallacious notion that TrueType fonts are named differently from their PostScript equivalents is probably an unfortunate consequence of Microsoft's commercial link-up with Monotype. Thus that foundry's Book Antiqua and Arial became installed on far more computers than the fonts they were shamelessly aping - Linotype's Palatino and Helvetica respectively. Nowadays Microsoft treats Linotype with more respect. -- Laurence

AFM or TFM conversion

From: Mark Hewis
Date: Tue, 21 Jul 1998 12:46:45 GMT
I am currently using a Unix Perl module to assess the pixel length of a proportional font string. The problem is the only input font formats available are Adobe Font Metrics and Tex font Metrics.

Is there a conversion process between True Type and these 2 formats


I don't know of one. Note that AFM and TFM are metrics formats, not font formats. TrueType metrics are part of the main font file. You need to write a program to inspect the internals of the file, specifically the 'hmtx' table or the 'hdmx' table if there's an entry for the ppem size you're using. --Laurence

trouble usin font

From: monica
Date: Tue, 21 Jul 1998 05:30:11 GMT
I downloaded the tt font "punch label" from somewhere, and im trying to use it in paint shop pro, but everytime i try to put the text on my graphic all i get is this weird arrow-cursor where the text should be..did i download it wrong or is it a problem with my thing? all my other texts work help!

I'm afraid some fonts out there are full of bugs or lacking essential characters. Why not purchase a reliable alternative such as FF Dynamoe, where some of the cash you part with goes to the guy who created the thing? -- Laurence


From: Eric Firus
Date: Sat, 18 Jul 1998 10:45:46 GMT
I installed FontMonster in Win3.1 It worked perfectly. Then I upgraded to Windows95 and it does not work and I can't get it out of my computer. Aany suggestions????


Unfortunately, that's a known problem with FontMonster. It's a shame, since it was a useful little utility. And I believe the author has ruled out an upgrade due to derisory financial returns from the shareware concept. -- Laurence

Arts & Crafts Vintage Fonts

From: Brian Marconnet
Date: Thu, 16 Jul 1998 21:24:20 GMT
Dear TrueType,

I'm looking for fonts that correspond to the look and feel of the Arts and Crafts Movement of the early 20th Century. Can you help me?

Try Scriptorium. -- Laurence

Double spacing after a period.

From: Jerry Eisen
Date: Fri, 17 Jul 1998 14:17:31 GMT
I am a graphic designer for a company in central Florida. I have had a battle with all of our secretaries concerning wether or not it is appropriate to double space after a period. I say no, you single space after a period on a computer, double space on a typewriter. What is true.

To my mind it never was a computer / typewriter discrepancy. The appearance of the final document should surely be the only matter of concern. And if most typewritten work was deemed to require two spaces, then surely all work typeset in a monospaced font should also require two spaces, whatever the technology (daisy-wheel, dot-matrix, computer screen, phototypesetting...) used to produce the work. But is it simply a matter of choosing either one or two, and letting the matter rest? Would 1.5 be ideal? Donald Knuth thought that 1 was too small, and 2 was too large, and used an intermediate value in his TeX computer typesetting system. And what about other factors? How about the positioning of the period character in its cell? If it's well over to the left of a rather wide cell (as it might be in a monospaced font), then maybe the space to the right can count for some of that spacing distance. I could go on, but I hope you see it's not a straightforward matter, but a matter of experience judged by a good typographic eye, and experience with particular fonts. Such well-trained eyes might have rules of thumb (and it so happens that most of us have standardized on a single space), but they will always be looking out for situations (an unusual font, an unusual document, etc.) where that rule might have to give way. -- Laurence

type 1 to ttf

From: Wilfrid
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 1998 21:31:59 GMT
Is there a tool that can convert macintosh font type 1 to PC true type font ? Thanks a lot.

Use Fontographer 4 for the Mac. -- Laurence

French Canadian Fonts

From: John Kenna
Date: Tue, 7 Jul 1998 13:44:46 GMT
Can you please tell me where I can find French Canadian Truetype fonts? Thank you in advance.

There should be no problem using almost any TrueType font to typeset French. I'm unaware of any special requirements of Canadian French. Some cheap or free fonts might lack the accented characters, but if you purchase your fonts from reputable foundries they should come with all the characters needed. -- Laurence

True Type table editor

From: Josef Franek
Date: Thu, 9 Jul 1998 12:07:27 GMT
Does anyone know where to get TT tables editor for Windows? Apple have one, but I suppose that only runs on Macs?

Exact Win/Mac Compatibility

From: Jonathan Hoehn
Date: Thu, 2 Jul 1998 18:37:25 GMT
I work for a company that develops children's educational software for both Mac and Win platforms.

However, we cannot find a font that is completely compatible on both platforms are far as fontsize, spacing, etc. goes. Whenever we convert our programs from the Mac side to the Windows side, the text is moved a couple of pixels to the left, right, up, down, etc. on the computer screen because of the discrepencies between how Mac/Win handles the fonts. This is unexceptable because the text has to fit in small graphical answer boxes and so has to convert perfectly from Mac to Windows.

Is there a simple, basic Truetype or Type 1 font with exactly the same spacing, length and width, etc. on both Mac and Windows that would fix this problem?

Thanks for your time,
Jonathan Hoehn
Graphic Technician

truetype fonts look bad printed on a PS-printer

From: tracy
Date: Thu, 2 Jul 1998 20:27:29 GMT
At my company we hve an extensive computer network that is uses Windows technology. I use Truetype fonts in PageMaker 6.5 (PC) and can choose either postscript or pcl formatting when i print out my documents. My truetype fonts, especially Berling Roman (from Linotype) become distorted and uneven when I use PS formatting. When I use pcl formatting, the truetype fonts look fine. I have recently discovered that my pre-press suppliers have problems ripping my documents and that they substitute(!) teir own fonts for mine. Does any of this make sense and do you have any answers as to why I have these problems and how to fix them.

Thank you and looking forward to hearing from you,



From: Heath Colwell
Date: Wed, 1 Jul 1998 16:50:27 GMT
Hello there!

I am looking for software that will allow me to convert dxf numbers into a truetype font. Any help?


From: Pat Wittorf
Date: Tue, 30 Jun 1998 00:03:34 GMT
Is there a Helvetica TrueType font available for NT machines? If so, where can I get it?

Helvetica is available from its creators, Linotype, in the TrueType format. However, the hinting (its appearance at small sizes) is not up to the standard set by Monotype's Arial. -- Laurence

Retrieving arabic glyphs in Win95

From: Jens Stutte
Date: Mon, 22 Jun 1998 09:00:48 GMT
I am trying to get the outline curves of the arabic glyphs under Win95 using the Glyph indexes given by GetCharacterPlacement. A simple approach should be, to open a path, draw the desired Glyph, close and retrieve the Paths curves. Unfortunately, the ExtTextOut function used with ETO_GLYPH_INDEX does not do anything when drawn into a path (even though it should, since exactly the same WORKS under Windows NT 4.0), it works only directly into a HDC (display or bitmap). The same function used WITHOUT ETO_GLYPH_INDEX can render into a path (seems to be a Win95 bug)...

My question is: Is there another way to retrieve the characters outlines ? (It seems, that GetGlyphOutline accepts only Latin font coding...).

DOS library

From: Andrew Woodgate
Date: Fri, 19 Jun 1998 15:26:40 GMT
Are there any comercial truetype libraries for DOS applications available?

TrueType Collection files (TTC) and Windows font names

From: Randy Frank
Date: Fri, 19 Jun 1998 13:46:33 GMT
Does anyone know what scheme MS Windows uses in returning font names from TrueType collection files (via enumFonts)? I need to be able to determine which directory offset in the TTC header to use based on the name of the font returned by windows.


"Overline" - how to?

From: amir manasterski
Date: Thu, 18 Jun 1998 16:27:27 GMT
You can underline text, but how can I "overline" text - write text with a line above it? Should I create my own font? In electronics there is something called boolean logic, and a line over the name of a signal means it is negative logic (NOT).

Font viewer

From: David FIeld
Date: Wed, 17 Jun 1998 18:42:10 GMT
I'm looking for a program such as Windows 95 has to view ttf files even if they are not loaded into the font folder. My problem with W95 viewer is that it displays to much info on only one file. I would like to get someting that would allow all files in a directory and only display the font name and a sample of the font. Anyone know were I can get such a program? Thanks.

Installing TTF Fonts for Win95/NT for use with Office 97

From: Julie Dossett
Date: Wed, 17 Jun 1998 21:54:50 GMT
Does anyone know how to install a new TTF font for use by Win95 and WinNT Office 4.3 and 97 users? Is a font loader program required or do the Microsoft Office products have this capability directly? Thanks.

.ttf tables, and PDF's StemV value

From: John Bley
Date: Tue, 16 Jun 1998 17:09:19 GMT
When embedding a TrueType font in PDF, I require a vertical stem width value - I can get all the other values (ascent, descent, italic angle, etc.) that I need from various .ttf tables, but I can't seem to locate or calculate the average or normal vertical (or horizontal) stem width anywhere. By watching an embedded PDF font, I know that the "hint" in the 'OS/2' table is not enough - it's a highly precise value, not a 1-10 kind of scale. Any clues? Thanks for your time!

The value is not in TrueType fonts. You have to calculate it by analysis of, say, the cap I glyph. Don't worry too much about putting in a precise value: the value will only ever be used if the font is not present with the PDF file, when a vaguely similar font will be used instead. -- Laurence

How can I get the typeface name from file(*.ttf & *.ttc)

From: Bae, Chang Hyeon
Date: Sat, 13 Jun 1998 00:52:47 GMT
I am programming about AuotCAD DWG File. I want to know how I can get the typeface name(font name) from ttf file in the Visual C++ 5.0. ex) Courier New <---> cour.ttf (typeface name) (font file name) Please help me. Thanks.

The best way would be to query the Registry. But are you sure you need to access the file directly? If you simply need some data from a table in the file, use GetFontData. -- Laurence

arabic font

From: Schragi Schwartz
Date: Thu, 11 Jun 1998 14:44:57 GMT
I'd like to know where I can get an arabic font for word 7.0. If you could give me a name of a website, or send me the font directly, I'd be very grateful.

TTF specification

From: Yair Sarig
Date: Thu, 11 Jun 1998 07:24:54 GMT
I'm looking for TTF specification (v1.66 or later version). Does anybody knows where I can find it. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

extracting splines on Mac

From: Michael Uhlik
Date: Wed, 10 Jun 1998 20:49:46 GMT
I work for a company that makes computer animation and modeling software. We desire to import splines from TrueType fonts into our modeler so that users can manipulate them geometrically. On the PC there are Win32 functions for doing this, but is there any public domain code or utilities for extracting this geometrical information on the Mac? Thanks.

Converting Raster to TrueType

From: John Mallon
Date: Wed, 10 Jun 1998 14:34:11 GMT
Is there a way to convert characters in a Raster font to get at least the beginnings of a TrueType font?

The best program for your purposes is probably SCANFONT, from the FontLab people. -- Laurence

New TrueType Font Creation

From: John Mallon
Date: Tue, 9 Jun 1998 16:58:27 GMT
What is the 1. Easiest and/or 2. Cheapest way to create new TrueType fonts? I know EXACTLY what I want in terms of character look and sizes.

Bosnian TrueType Font

From: Duncan Moffat
Date: Mon, 8 Jun 1998 16:44:07 GMT
Anyone know of a Bosnian TrueType font?

There are versions of Times New Roman, Arial, Courier and Verdana available for free from Microsoft Typography. They have all the characters necessary for Latin and Cyrillic. Using fonts of this type, containing all the so-called WGL4 characters, is by far the best way of typesetting Eastern European languages (assuming you are running at least Windows 95). -- Laurence

download and uses of japanese and chinese true type font

From: Pierre MENU
Date: Mon, 8 Jun 1998 08:00:37 GMT
Could anyone help me visualize chinese and japanese web site on my browser ? And help me to traduce my website into these langages ? Thanks

Helvetica Black.ttf

From: Stan Bloxham
Date: Sun, 7 Jun 1998 20:50:10 GMT
Where can I get a stable version of Helvetica Black ttf

foreigh language fonts

From: Norris Armstrong
Date: Sat, 6 Jun 1998 23:39:06 GMT
Where is it possible to find fonts/programs for printing chinese characters?

What does GetGlyphOutline return?

From: savas KOSE
Date: Fri, 5 Jun 1998 04:44:46 GMT
I couldn't find what GetGlyphOutline function returns in lpvBuffer in GGO_NATIVE mode. Please can anybody help me? How to use information in lpvBuffer...? Thanks...

GetGlyphOutline example...

From: savas
Date: Thu, 4 Jun 1998 14:47:50 GMT
Is there any example program or explanation of GetGlyphOutline function that shows how to get outline of a character and draw it. Windows API help doesn't explain it very well... thanks....

same font, differnt name

From: marc
Date: Sat, 6 Jun 1998 19:13:08 GMT
I have a plethora of fonts, many of which are identical except for their names. Is there an index that tells me the various names for identical fonts OR is there a ulility that can help me? I know FONTbox on the macintosh looks for duplicates but only those with the same name, but I imagine that there is a standard TT font id that I could use somehow.

This is perhaps a dubious thing to market, as it could encourage people to use pirated versions of typefaces. There is a PANOSE field in the TrueType format which could be used for font matching... but most cheapo or pirate fonts leave them zeroed. Ha! -- Laurence

Times New Roman with diacritical marks

From: William Glynn
Date: Sun, 31 May 1998 09:43:54 GMT
I wish to find a set of the above fonts. I had one but lost it after a crash. Many thanks.

There's a large version of TNR downloadable from Microsoft Typography. It has all the characters in the WGL4 set, meaning it can be used to typeset all major Latin, Greek and Cyrillic based scripts. -- Laurence

Arabic fonts

From: Jiri Holy
Date: Fri, 29 May 1998 13:29:18 GMT
Please advise some freeware arabic fonts, I can't find any.

truetype and postscript

From: Yuko Suzuki
Date: Sun, 31 May 1998 03:50:14 GMT
Please let me know about the merit and demerit of Truetype compare to PostScript. Thank You.

You'll find such comparisons sprinkled liberally throughout this site. As a start go TrueType and Type 1 fonts. -- Laurence

TrueType Specifications/Guides in Print?

From: Randy J. Ray
Date: Fri, 29 May 1998 22:24:34 GMT
Are there any books in print on TT, aimed at developers wanting to write utilities to read/manipulate TT fonts? I'm prototyping by keeping the Apple web pages up in my browser, and I have the specs document from MS's site (which is 400+ pages), but I can't find any books on the subject.

Font Creation "TTF Structure"

From: Jonjon Pascua
Date: Fri, 29 May 1998 07:03:28 GMT
I need to know the structure of true type fonts. As in I am creating a software that can design one. But I need to know how to save the designs as *.ttf in my program... Maybe I need to know the Input/Output operations needed for ttf's. PLEASE HELP ME!?!

What font is best for software screen displays

From: Paul Kronmyer
Date: Wed, 27 May 1998 19:45:18 GMT
I work for an educational software publisher and need a font for onscreen instructions. I understand a sans serif font is best. Does anybody know what I would be losing by using a truetype font (say, Adobe's Myriad Web Bold) versus a postscript screen font that requires atm. We need a font for both Mac and Win, but don't want to have to install atm.

You would be losing absolutely nothing, and gaining a lot. The TrueType format, when used to its full potential (as it is by Microsoft, Monotype, Font Bureau and Type Chimérique to name a few) excels at screen display. Type engineers have much greater control over the appearance of fonts at the small pixel heights used on screen, than they do with Type 1 and ATM. I would recommend checking out the fonts at Microsoft Typography (these are free), looking at the ESQ range from Monotype (these are inexpensive), and asking Font Bureau about which of their fonts are available as well-hinted TrueTypes (these may be more expensive). If none of these fonts completely meets your needs, you may like to commission Type Chimérique to add the special TrueType hinting instructions to the font of your choice. -- Laurence

CAD Geometry to TrueType

From: Ken Owens
Date: Wed, 27 May 1998 15:39:35 GMT
I have a need to convert CAD geometry into a TrueType font letter set. My customers give me individual letters A, B, C,etc. in DXF or Iges format which I can can read into several of my CAD/CAM programs. I would like an easy, quick way to convert this geometry into a TrueType format. Any suggestions?

Font Editor

From: Marko Haas
Date: Tue, 26 May 1998 23:04:57 GMT
Who knows a PD/freeware/shareware font editor for TrueType fonts? Changing just one character or creating a font with just one glyph would be enough...

UNIX TrueType Fonts

From: John Jensen
Date: Thu, 21 May 1998 20:08:58 GMT
I'm looking for a TrueType font solution for UNIX.

convert true type win 95 font to mac?

From: Rob Schenk
Date: Wed, 20 May 1998 18:08:18 GMT

i am trying to find a conversion utility that will convert a win95 true type font to mac true type. Do you know of any non-commercial products that will do this? i found one for mac to pc, just not the other way.


True Type Open

Date: Wed, 20 May 1998 09:46:59 GMT
Does MS Word supporte Truetype Open? If yes, how can we differentiate between TrueType and TrueTypeOpen Fonts?

Converting Chinese Fonts

From: Dong
Date: Tue, 19 May 1998 07:26:29 GMT
Hi, who can tell me which softwares can help me converting the chinese_fonts from TureType to PostScript and how can I get them?

slashed zero

From: Paul Smith
Date: Mon, 18 May 1998 00:06:46 GMT
Any True Type font with slashed zero's

Univers font?

From: Rita Yeazel
Date: Sun, 17 May 1998 01:37:45 GMT
I'm looking for a True Type equivalent for the Univers font. I'm using a HP Laserjet 4L printer. Does any such font exist? Thanks!

Truetype supporter programs

From: Pedro Lozano
Date: Fri, 15 May 1998 16:59:48 GMT
I would like to know if there are any programs (DOS based) that can convert Truetype fonts into .GIF .PCX (or the like) files so one can made a better and easier use of them into his own programs

Font design 101

From: Sambit Basu
Date: Fri, 15 May 1998 07:00:27 GMT
Is there an online 101 on font design?


From: Paul Hermans
Date: Thu, 14 May 1998 13:05:59 GMT
I use Microstation CAD package which stores it's fonts in a proprietary. I was hoping to somehow convert these fonts into TrueType Fonts, but have no clue as to where to start, could you point me in the right direction? Thanks

CG Times

From: Wayne Hulls
Date: Tue, 12 May 1998 23:16:42 GMT
In MS Office 95(under Win 95) CG Times is a TrueType font. In Office 97 it appears to be only a printer font. Anyone know where I can get a CG Times TT font for Office 97 (Under NT Workstation) ?


Screen Resolution

From: Heather Lafleur
Date: Tue, 12 May 1998 17:53:51 GMT
As a mac studio, we are unsure why one of our clients is having trouble achieving a high screen resolution of the Univers family of Fonts. They seem to be quite bitmapped and provide irregular word spacing on screen. Is this font buggy or have they improperly loaded the fonts on their system. May be quite obvious, but we are mac heads and need to trouble shoot with these fonts? Any ideas??

True Type Construction

From: John Bromley
Date: Fri, 8 May 1998 20:01:09 GMT
I am designing type faces and wish to convert them to TT fonts or Type 1 format for use in desktop applications.

Arial and Times New Roman fonts

From: John E. Jones
Date: Fri, 8 May 1998 19:39:28 GMT
Are these two fonts widely available on platforms other than PCs running Windows? I am interested in learning whether I can require authors who submit manuscripts to use these fonts regardless of their operating system.

Macintosh users can certainly use them without a problem. Anyone is free to download them for Windows and Mac from Microsoft Typography. -- Laurence

TrueKeys for CJK TrueType Fonts

From: Chung-Pang Lai
Date: Thu, 7 May 1998 13:15:46 -0800

I noticed there is an unanswered question on your FAQ page concerning converting Chinese TTF files into Mac format. TTConvert fails to handle Chinese fonts.

I recently found some information related to the topic from the following page s.txt

#### BINHEX true-keys.hqx ****

From: (Xiaolin Zhao)
Subject: TrueKeys for CJK TrueType Fonts

Many find that there are overwhelmingly large amount of Chinese, Japanese, Korean (CJK) truetype fonts in the market designed only for PC. A lot of those fonts do not have multiplatform character mapping support and therefore can not be converted to Mac font. For people in Mainland China or Singapore where GB coded Chinese is official, they often find most of the available truetype Chinese fonts are in big5 encoding. For people in Japanese where Shift-JIS encoding is official in both MS-DOS, Windows and Mac, there is no net-savvy EUC encoding font support. A key to solve these problems is here now.

TrueKeys is a Chinese, Japanese, Korean (CJK) 2-byte truetype font conversion utilities. What makes it different from other truetype conversion such as TTConvert 1.5 and TrueConvert 0.3b is that it generates its own cmap table for specified language encoding, and dissembles the original font to assemble the original glyph data into a new truetype.This strategy corrects some common PC font problems such as no Mac cmap table support, etc. When TTConvert or TrueConvert does not work for your font, you should seriously try TrueKeys.

System requirement:

Any mac with system 7+, and 8MB RAM required. The TrueKeys will need 1.3 times font size allocated to it for font rendering. For system where RAM is limited, please use virtual memory. For best performance, a PowerMac with system7.5/16MB RAM or above is recommended. TrueKeys is a FAT binaries distribution,i.e., it contains both 68K and PPC native codes to run on both type CPU.

TrueKeys Xiaolin Zhao, 1996.

Where can I buy TrueType fonts for my high-end, Windows NT, non-linear editing computer?

From: Matthew Sneddon
Date: Wed, 6 May 1998 23:05:14 GMT

You are heaven sent. We have a Discreet Logic dual Pentium non-linear editing workstation with a WinNT operating system. The graphics program uses True Type fonts.

Can you tell me where I can purchase some more? So few people I call know what I'm talking about. I can't believe it.

Thanks for your help.
Matthew Sneddon
Executive Producer
1130 University Blvd. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87102

Try any of the foundries on the TYPE*links page, and ask for TrueType fonts. -- Laurence

from header to graphic

From: hariadi
Date: Wed, 6 May 1998 02:25:38 GMT
I have already learned about header of the true type from true type 1.0 Revision 1.66. I have a problem to change header to graphic, because I want to make a simple font editor. I have already used fontographer to edit the font and I wanted to try make a simple font editor likes fontographer. I appriciate if anyone can help to solve my problem. Thank you very much.

Unicode chart

From: Jesse Davis
Date: Mon, 4 May 1998 20:52:25 GMT
I've just downloaded the shareware TTF editor Softy. It says that when I'm mapping glyphs to character codes for a Windows font, I should use Unicode codes. Is this right? Where can I find a Unicode chart matching characters to codes? (Preferably on the web. =) ) Is this going to be as simple as I think it is--i.e., the Unicode number for R is 01F8 or whatever, so I just "map" my glyph for R to that number? Or is this more complicated?

TrueType on UNIX

From: Carl Rosenquist
Date: Fri, 1 May 1998 14:10:48 GMT
I have created TrueType fonts for use as symbols in a software package called ArcView. I wanted to know how one would install these fonts on a UNIX machine. I think that there should be an .ndx file for indexing of some kind. How does one create this file? What is in this file?

I would very much appreciate any help you could provide.


Carl Rosenquist

I'm afraid it's quite likely you won't be able to use TrueType fonts in UNIX, as there's no system level support for them. -- Laurence

TTF Format

From: D De Pauw
Date: Fri, 1 May 1998 18:38:19 GMT
help! I need the specs of the ttf format, especially how to extract the REAL font name from the ttf, and how to tell the differance between ttf versions (are there diff versions?) are there diff ways of the real name being in the diff versions Im working on a freeware program which will be great for all TTF fans! Thankyou in advance.

I can't find a font

From: Martha
Date: Thu, 30 Apr 1998 13:18:19 GMT
I would like to buy a font named "Lefty Casual", design by Ted Aslpach, for my IBM-Windows computer but I can not find it anywhere. Can you advise? Thanks.

Using TrueType fonts in Printing

From: Michael Van Gorkom
Date: Tue, 28 Apr 1998 20:10:26 GMT
I have used TrueType fonts in a CD insert layout that is going to be printed. The printers say the fonts will come out jagged, but don't True Type fonts work for printing well? They say I need the postscript font. I'm new to the "font field", so why won't the True Type fonts work and where can I get Postscript files of my fonts??

I've heard of no reason why TrueType fonts would come out "jagged". -- Laurence

some true type fonts

From: anel 
Date: Tue, 28 Apr 1998 23:54:30 GMT
I would like to obtain the source ARTISTIK NORMAL, CANCUN, MARIAH. I don't get to find them, any information from where I can find them, please to enter in contact. Anel Adriani


From: Jessica Needham
Date: Tue, 28 Apr 1998 16:23:27 GMT
Does anyone know where i can find the history of farfel icg font for a typography project?

What is *.ttc?

From: Tin-Yau Fung
Date: Tue, 28 Apr 1998 07:09:55 GMT

Some of the fonts on my NT system is of extension *.ttc Is there a way I can extract the individual *.ttf files out?


Disabling Hinting

From: John Valentine
Date: Tue, 28 Apr 1998 00:11:09 GMT
I have Win95, with Plus95's 'True-Type antialiasing' feature active. Can the hinting and bitmap-rendering of small sizes be disabled? This would improve legibility at small sizes - I don't like the bitmaps.

You're in luck. Windows 95 looks at the 'gasp' table of a TrueType font to decide when to enable hinting and anti-aliasing (it assumes defaults if the table is absent), and there's a shareware editor for this table, TTFGASP. -- Laurence

NT Unicode

From: MN
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 1998 20:58:13 GMT
Can 16bit UNICODE fonts be supported and used in NT Console applications?

Many console applications seems to only support the old 8bit DOS fonts (and displays different characters compared even with 8bit ISO Latin fonts used in Windows apps).

Sorry if my question maybe isn't as clear as I want.

Unable to (re)install fonts

From: John Van Slooten
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 1998 10:25:49 GMT
I first noticed aproblem trying to install fonts off an IMSI 35,000 clip-art disk, the first dozen or so came across, then I started to get "unable to install true-type font - the font may be damged" errors on the remainder. I put this down to the CD, until I reinstalled Office 97 the other day, and it came up with the same error on startup of Word and Excel regarding the Tahoma font. I have been unable to reinstall the Tahoma font from the Office 97 CD or the Publisher CD (later version) despite deleting the original. Is there a known bug with Windows (95 OSR2), or do I have too many fonts installed (just thought of that), or can you point me to a fix? I can drag the fonts to the desktop, but not into the Fonts directory.

Thanks in advance, John

TrueType caps height

From: Clarke Brunt
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 1998 09:16:18 GMT
In need, in a program, to get the caps height of a TrueType font. After examining many of the metrics returned by the Windows API, and finding many different numbers none of which seemed to actually measure the height of a 'normal' capital letter, I eventually hit upon using GetFontData to get the the capHeight field of the 'PCLT' table. It worked great for the standard windows fonts, but then someone tried Arial Narrow, and there seems to be no PCLT table - similarly with other fonts. Is there a standard way of getting at the caps height - a number equivalent to that found in a PostScript AFM file?

And I also tripped over the fact that GetFontData is documented as returning -1 on error, yet it's return value is DWORD, which is unsigned. So I didn't detect the error and got a totally random caps height. Is '(DWORD) -1' or similar a common construct in Windows programming?

It's certainly a shame that there's no standard place for cap height in the TrueType spec. All I can suggest is taking it directly from the bounding box of the cap I glyph. I know this is not perfect, since serif ends often go above the visual cap height and below the baseline, and swash caps would generally want the same cap heights as their sober relatives. Have you considered using sTypoAscender from the OS/2 table? On the other point, I think (DWORD)-1 is safe, but you could use (DWORD)(long)-1 to be safer. -- Laurence

vowel macrons

From: Daniel Zimmerman
Date: Fri, 24 Apr 1998 07:49:00 GMT
A linguist friend transliterating Japanese needs a font with macrons over all vowels, U&lc. I found WPHV01A.TTF, but it has *only* special characters. Do you have a [preferably free!] font with such characters as additions to the regular character set?

Daniel Zimmerman
Assoc. Prof. of English
Middlesex County College
Edison, NJ

Win 3.x and Win 95 TTF Compatibility

From: Michael Sklanowsky
Date: Mon, 20 Apr 1998 22:49:26 GMT
I have a bar code TTF font which displays and prints just fine in Win 3.11. Unfortunately, this is not the case in Win 95. Although the font is installed in Win 95, I am getting strange "box" characters instead of my bar codes. Anyone know why this is happening?

TTF without rounded edges

From: Rich Coutts
Date: Mon, 20 Apr 1998 19:51:32 GMT
I am looking for a TTFs that have only straight edges -- I'm converting it to 3D and need a mimimal number of faces, so rounded edges are bad.

An interesting one... Although I can think of a few off the top of my head (ITC Machine, Emigre's bitmap-effect types) that appear to be composed only of straight lines, it's difficult to know whether they really have no curves or just look that way. Often in type design you see examples where, paradoxically, the designer, in order to achieve the effect of mathematical exactness, has subtly adjusted a feature to be incorrect mathematically. The crossbars of most H's are raised slightly above the centre, to make them look central. Perception is weird. -- Laurence

W95 TrueType Fonts To Apple

From: Trevor Aiston
Date: Sat, 11 Apr 1998 08:50:14 GMT
Can you use a W95 TTF file on an apple mac?

How can I convert .ttf to .bez

From: Dave Halsall
Date: Wed, 8 Apr 1998 15:54:06 GMT
We use a CG that reads "Bezier Master fonts" (.bez extension)

I know there is an application out there to convert a .ttf to this type of font, as the only place that does it charges $$$ per conversion. I'm willing to pay for this app, but where can I get it?


convert truetype macintosh

From: robert eriksson
Date: Tue, 7 Apr 1998 09:59:40 GMT
hi i want to convert truetype macintosh fonts to type 1 macintosh fonts how do i do that?

Mathematical Truetype Fonts

From: Eddy van Eeuwijk
Date: Tue, 7 Apr 1998 07:27:28 GMT
I'm trying to convert a report from Latex to a windows 95 texteditor (Word/Framemaker). Can someone please provide me the truetype fonts that incorperate mathematical symbols. Eg. AMS symbol font / Lucinda New Math

Thanks very much.


Laurence? Is that you...?

From: David J. Reimer
Date: Mon, 06 Apr 1998 15:32:47 -0700
Greetings from Edinburgh:

I found your site today aften scrounging around Alta Vista and Yahoo looking for some kind of help on designing TT fonts. I have read through as much of the FAQ material as conscience will allow (I am at work!), and have posted a couple replies to people that I also cc'ed to you. I have a couple questions, too...

First, what is the .FON file, and is it necessary to have with to go with every .TTF file?

Second, is there a decent little (ha!) tutorial or guide or how-to on actally designing your own fonts? I have scoured the web, and not found anything quite like this, although the web is a big place to scour and no doubt I have missed lots! You have oooodles of useful information here, but I have in mind something more like a Noddy guide....

Third, you may notice that I sent someone information about a shareware package called Softy ( at simtelnet/win3/font). It *seems* to do a decent job of font editing, but I know next to nothing about this. [My own interest stems from a long-time interest in font faces, going back to my first Apple //c word-processor which was based on type-setting analogies and included a font-design utility for the 9-pin dot-matrix Imagewriter!] I have no desire to rival Agfa or Monotype, etc., but I would like to try to produce a font to match the scribal hands of the Dead Sea Scrolls (I am a lecturer in Hebrew Bible here....). Think of it as a kind of hobby.... Anyway, what do *you* think of Softy? Is it worth a review on your website? And how does it compare to the font design software of your own (you hint at its existence at a few points in the FAQ material!)?

Anyway, enough ramble, and back to work. Thanks for such an informative and clearly laid out site. *Much* appreciated!

Your points, in order. 1) The FON files are bitmap fonts still used for some purposes in Windows. Although TrueType is always active in Windows 95, they're a useful fall-back if the TrueType system crashes and an error message can still be displayed. Some applications use the FON fonts, so they can't be deleted. You certainly don't need one with every TTF; however, Windows 3.1 created a small FOT data file every time a TTF was installed. 2) There's no "noddy" guide for a good reason: it would not help much in the design of good fonts. The user manuals tell you what to do technically. Aesthetically, it's a mainly matter of experience, intuition and imagination. However, Vincent Connare at Microsoft Typography is preparing an excellent guide to Character Design Standards, which - while far from being a prescriptive, or "noddy" guide - will help type designers know when they are deviating away from common practices. 3) I may post a review of Softy in the future. -- Laurence

Fonts cut off in WordPerfect

From: Asa Jay Laughton
Date: Mon, 6 Apr 1998 17:39:56 GMT
I've been trying to use a MICR font obtained with Mips VersaCheck in my WordPerfect application. What I've found is the font prints correctly if I use the Windows printer driver, but if I use the WordPerfect printer driver (which I need for another font on the same page) the MICR font has the bottom edge cut off. Is there something I need to do, convert the font or modify the TT file? I can't use the Windwos printer driver because it won't print another font I'm using on that page.

Thanks, Asa Jay

Bitmap Editor 16 x 16 bit

From: Jonathan
Date: Sat, 4 Apr 1998 08:35:51 GMT
Shareware/Freeware to create edit and compress my large and growing (royalty free)font of symbols(600+)for people with learning difficulties and low literacy skills. Scaling antialiasing etc is not yet needed. Thanks


From: Jenny Mok
Date: Sat, 4 Apr 1998 00:36:33 GMT
We've reinstalled things on our computers and we reinstalled Office 97. WE can't find our true type disk. The only thing is that the viewing of the font "Garamond" is all in boxes and a few other fonts. Why is this and what can we do?

Jen :-)

True Type Hebrew Fonts

From: Ruthie Nussbaum
Date: Thu, 2 Apr 1998 22:14:33 GMT
I downloaded some truetype hebrew fonts and tried installing them in windows 95 control panel for fonts. The fonts install nicely but when I try to display or print them I get some letters really nicely and boxes instead of some of the others. Out of the whole alphabet maybe two or three letters come out the rest have boxes instead. This happened with several different fonts.

I need a correct maximum hight value

From: Mikael Ingwall
Date: Thu, 2 Apr 1998 12:58:09 GMT
I have created functions for importing TrueType fonts from a CAD-program to a CAM-program in Windows.
Everything is working perfectly except for the scaling.
What I need is a correct maximum hight value. I have used the character 'M':s height with some success. It did not work with all fonts. Then I tryed the max and min values i the "head" table without any luck. Please,tell me where I can find the correct height.

The 'head' table values should work. But sometimes the values are "fudged" in a desperate attempt to get a font working on some operating system. Try the TypoAscender (etc.) values from the 'OS/2' table. -- Laurence

SymbolFont 16 x 16 bit Font Editor

From: jonathan
Date: Sat, 4 Apr 1998 08:11:17 GMT
I would like a SIMPLE shareware/freeware program to design and compress fonts of 16 x 16 bit images. B+W or color? I was creating symbols in Excel, and after 12 months I realized I have a large font. These are for people with low literacy skills, who I teach.


From: Peter Holleman
Date: Thu, 2 Apr 1998 08:53:57 GMT
I want to convert a PC Truetype font to the HP PCL5 format. This works great on my HP LaserJet 4 (PCL5E) printer, but not on my HP LaserJet III (PCL5). I think the reason is that the converted font has a 'PCLETTO' header format (because the source format was Truetype), which isn't supported by the HP LaserJet III printer. Can anyone tell me if it's possible to convert this header to a 'PCLEO' (supported) format? All I came up with is to convert the Truetype font to Postscript and than try to convert to the PCL format. Maybe there is a better solution. Thanks in advance.

Frutiger & Palatino

From: Rafa
Date: Wed, 1 Apr 1998 09:14:33 GMT
I'd honestly steem if you could send me or tell me where can I find the Frutiger and Palatino TrueType fonts Thank you in advance!

Arabic Fonts

From: Mohammed Abu Sharikh
Date: Tue, 31 Mar 1998 16:22:52 GMT

I am using the FreeType Library to write some modules for Web development. I have managed to use the fonts library for Latin text, however, I am trying to convert the code so that it handles Arabic text. I found out that unlike OpenType, truetype files don't have a gsub table. I basically need a substitution table for the Arabic TrueType fonts. Can anyone help please?

Thanx in advance,


converting TT fonts PC to Mac and the other way too

From: Ben Bensinger
Date: Mon, 30 Mar 1998 21:43:30 GMT

We have True Type fonts in our PC but they won't work in the Macs. I have heard you sell a converter that works in the Mac. We would love to buy a copy. Please advise. Quickly would be nice. If you would prefer to call, 800 338 0225 ext 2438.

Fonts print different sizes on different printers

From: Ted Roth
Date: Mon, 30 Mar 1998 16:22:53 GMT
When a document is printed on an Epson 8oo (no Postscript upgrade and to a QMS Postscript printer the page varies by several lines in length.

Each line appears the same, the variation is in the height of the font. The document contains postscript graphics. The Qms must be specified so the graphics come in properly.

The Epson is the real target printer. Thanks for any help

Ted Roth
Horsham, PA USA

Installing TrueType Fonts Programmatically

From: William Steinford
Date: Fri, 27 Mar 1998 18:12:30 GMT
I'm trying to load TTF fonts programmatically using Delphi. AddFontResource( filename ) (the winAPI function) seems to work in win95 (the returned value is 1 and the font works), but not in Win 3.1 (the returned value is 0 and the font doesn't work); yet in both, the font never shows up in the windows font "folder" (from Control Panel). How can I accomplish this?

True Type Fonts

From: Igor Kuralenok
Date: Tue, 24 Mar 1998 06:50:37 GMT
Where can I find True Type format specification for programming?


From: Dejan Kovacevic
Date: Sat, 21 Mar 1998 15:52:44 GMT
Resolution and platform independent font engine designed specially for applications that require fast and high quality text output. In addition, D-TypePro supports all major font formats which makes this product particularly suitable in cross-platform graphic applications where variety of fonts and sharp and smooth text output are essential.

true type on websites

From: ann
Date: Thu, 19 Mar 1998 21:39:26 GMT
Is there some html or other code to show true type fonts that i have, but others may not on my website?


From: govind
Date: Thu, 19 Mar 1998 17:46:52 GMT
How can I convert Office 97 files to Postscript

True Type fonts in Linux using ghostscript

From: David
Date: Thu, 19 Mar 1998 02:44:40 GMT
How can I use ttf fonts in Ghostscript (3.33 or 5.10). I have 2.0.32 kernal. Thanks David


From: Takao Shudo
Date: Tue, 17 Mar 1998 01:45:06 GMT
Does anyone know where I can get PCLETTO File?

Point sizes

From: Andrew Wigdahl
Date: Thu, 12 Mar 1998 20:59:10 GMT
Is 4 or 5 a valid point size for true type fonts?

Yes, it's fine. Of course, the device that the font is to be displayed upon needs sufficient resolution to make the font legible. Any typical screen, for example, would not have a chance. The most important parameter in the rasterization of TrueType fonts is the "ppem" (pixels per em), a measure of how many pixels the font must fit into, vertically. The measure is derived from the point size of the font and the dpi (dots per inch) of the device. When the ppem gets below about 8, the effects of hinting instructions, even those that work well at higher ppems, is unpredictable - so most fonts disable hinting below 8 or 9. Although it would be possible to hint glyphs below this size, it's not usually worth it. It's better to disable hinting and enable greyscaling (anti-aliasing), so that a reasonable representation of the type is used, albeit not necessarily legible. -- Laurence

TrueType fonts and PCL

From: Jef Duncan
Date: Thu, 12 Mar 1998 16:06:31 GMT
I have an HP LaserJet 5si with the optional hard disk installed on it. I have many logos on the hard disk stored as PCL macros that I call using PCL code sent straight to the printer. I now have some TrueType fonts that I want to store on the printer's hard drive and access in the same manner (using straight PCL code). Is this possible? Thanks for any help...

Truetype version of the TERMINAL font

From: Eric Himmer
Date: Thu, 12 Mar 1998 20:24:05 GMT
I need to use the Terminal font in a terminal emulator application, but I need to have in a truetype format so it can be scalable to any size as well as be usable as a printer font. Is there a freeware version available or is there a conversion program that can convert it for me?

Softy website

From: Dave Emmett
Date: Thu, 12 Mar 1998 08:21:39 GMT
Home of Softy, the shareware TrueType font editor:

How to make a True Type Font

From: Manvender Yadav
Date: Wed, 11 Mar 1998 13:20:36 +0900
Hi, I have about 2000 different Kanji(Japanese) characters stored in a vectore format. I want to convert them in TrueType Format Please suggest how to do it.

Are there any source code segments available for handling TTF?

Font Confusion

From: Michael Bryant
Date: Wed, 11 Mar 1998 13:01:05 GMT
We have several machines running W95 and printing over a network to a HP Laserjet 4M Plus printer. We are trying to use the "Garamond" true-type font in a document common to all machines accessed from a server.

Problem: the same document prints differently from different machines. All machines have the TT font installed but it seems as though W95 is sometimes "seeing" a different font. By detective work comparing output from the one machine that _also_ has the HP printer-resident fonts in font drop-down menus ( Word) it seems as though it is using one of the resident font definitions (Garamond CE, I think). Spookily even the "test print" for the TT Garamond font itself comes out differently on different machines (although this is at least consistent).

Any ideas as to how to cure this problem? I guess it's something to do with the overt visibility of the printer resident fonts. The machine where they are visible in font menus seems to be able to differentiate. All thoughts welcome.

True Type

From: Karen J.
Date: Tue, 10 Mar 1998 17:19:43 GMT
I would like to know the future plans for TrueType.

convert truetype to type 1

From: Dean Faklis
Date: Tue, 10 Mar 1998 13:05:23 GMT
I have a customized printer that will only understand type 1 font format. However, I have many truetype fonts that I would like to use. Can you please tell me if there is a utility that will allow me to convert between the two formats easily? Thank you for any help that you can provide.

From: Yuri Yarmola
Date: Tue, 10 Mar 1998 10:33:53 GMT
Hi, Laurence,

FontLab DG site is now active. I control it, so I'll try to make it "live". I put "Hinting in FontLab" article there (actually - part of FL3 doc) and it seems to be "compatible" with your site, that's really excellent and includes a LOT of useful information. Just one comment - are you sure that FontLab 3 is "not TrueType-native"? :-) ParaType people prefer to hint TT fonts with FL, not with VTT or TypeMan...

All the best!

P.S. Note my new e-mail address. Old one works, but this is better.


From: Joyce Cruzat
Date: Tue, 10 Mar 1998 07:14:46 GMT
I am trying to find Ares Software Corp on the web. I need to know it there is an upgrade to Fontmonger.


From: Neville Chen
Date: Mon, 9 Mar 1998 04:26:08 GMT
I am interested in finding out the restrictions on using the typefaces in public, e.g. on a banner or sign.

Can the typefaces be used on a sign used in a stage play?

Converting several Post Script Fonts to tt.

From: Rujin
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 1998 17:24:34 GMT
Could you help me with a conversion solution? How do you convert several postscript fonts to truetype? You can convert them individually with Fontographer and other programs, yet my question points to group conversion. Thanks for your time.


From: G. Smith
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 1998 13:43:01 GMT
Difference between True Type and Postscript? Why does using True Type cause a conflict with digital printing using Quark on a Mac?

Thank you.

Frutiger 55

From: Jan Grlsted
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 1998 14:29:46 GMT
Does anyone know a truetype substitution for the ATM font Frutiger 55?

most legible font

From: Gerald van Wyck
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 1998 00:42:11 GMT
I'm looking for a font that I can use in publishing music. I need something that provides greatest clarity, but that is somewhat condensed so as not to affect the natural spacing of the notes. Performers hold their music almost at arms length under varying lighting conditions. Clarity and legibility are the primary factors. I'd appreciate your collective suggestions.

Convert Type 1 to TrueType

From: Sungho Im
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 1998 10:29:40 GMT

I interest in font.

I want to know the defference between type 1 and TrueType font.

So I hope to compare them with same font for test

I have a Type 1 font, but I can not convert it to a TruType font.

Could you convert Type 1 to TrueType if I send a Type 1 font to you ?

Thank you.

Sincerely yours,

Sungho Im.

Font Table Editor

From: Jeff Stringer
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 1998 22:48:45 GMT
I'm interested in taking an existing Windows NT font and replacing some of the characters with my own or 3rd party characters. Is there a program that would allow me to do this?

Highway font

From: Mark Stein
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 1998 21:50:47 GMT
Where can I find an inexpensive version of the typefaces used on Highway Signs in the US and Canada? It is known as Interstate or Highway Gothic by some companies, but, so far, all I can find is a little out of my price range.

You could plead your case with the designer, Tobias Frère-Jones at Font Bureau. -- Laurence


From: Ratbat
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 1998 12:36:22 GMT
Does anyone know where I can get a katakana truetype font for the PC?

symbol centering

From: Nick Zhukov
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 1998 09:20:47 GMT
Dear colleagues!

I have the following problem. I need to draw a symbol from a given true type font centered both vertically and horizontally around given point. To do it I guess I need the extents of symbol outline and its position in the font cell. I try to use GetGlyphOutline with GGO_METRICS but each time it returns GDI_ERROR. Do you know the way to solve this problem?


Nick Zhukov

Embedding bitmaps into TrueType

From: Boris Geistrm
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 1998 10:53:30 GMT
I need to have exact bitmap sizes in a .ttf MS Typo folks pointed at "Sbit32.exe - a Windows console tool" that could be used to embed the bitmap tables sbit into the .ttf-file Can someone please help me with some kind of tool, freeware, shareware or commercial.

TIA Boris

fonts not available (office 95 and older)

From: M. Tchou
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 1998 21:05:59 GMT
I have a problem with a Fujitsu laptop that has a custom 'port' of Windows 95, OSR 2.5. MS-Word and PowerPoint from Office 95 and from 16-bit office (4.2 and 4.3) do not 'see' the fonts. Excel (from these same packages) works fine. I have a report of this identical problem w/r to a recent CTX laptop product, also.

Unablle to download fonts

From: phil cross
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 1998 01:30:49 GMT
Every time I try to download fonts from the internet I all of a sudden get a message (could not load plugin for mime type application/x-zip) Can you give me any hints as to what file I have missing?

TTF to line drawing.. help..

From: Ahmet AKIN
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 1998 18:15:31 GMT
hello. i am looking for a DElphi, C or C++ code to write a module which can read TTF's outline points and draw the letters as a set of lines. i know there is an API call,"GetGlyphOutline", but i couldnt understand how it works. thanks for any kinda help.


From: Howard Blackwell
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 1998 13:36:36 GMT
We're migrating from Windows 3.1 to NT 3.51. Many of our documents are written in Garamond, but when these are opened on the new PCs running 3.51, they appear quite different. Does anyone know why, or can help us fix this issue - if we can't fix it we may have to redo the font on thousands of documents.


ttf's ?

From: nick
Date: Sun, 15 Feb 1998 09:35:26 GMT
How can I get text that looks like grush strokes onto a web page, I guess you will know what I mean but I am not sure what I need.

t.i.a. N.

True Type Fonts

From: Linda
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 1998 23:30:58 GMT
I want to download two fonts, one is called "Snell" the other "Futura Condensed" Can you tell me where I'd find a site that either sells or gives these fonts?



Moving a Font into Pub97

From: Cheri
Date: Sat, 14 Feb 1998 02:55:39 GMT
I have a TrueType font on my desktop that I want to use in PUB97, but do not know how to move it into the fontlist.

You don't move it directly into Publisher's font list. In Windows, ever since the early days of Windows, applications (such as Publisher and Word) have access to all the fonts that are installed in the system as a whole. Since you're running the "97" version of MS Publisher, you'll be using Windows 95, not 3.1. Font installation is a simple matter in 95: just open the folder (or disk drive) with the font to be installed; then open the Windows/Fonts folder; now drag the font to the Fonts folder. Publisher will then show the new font in its list. -- Laurence

macintosh logo type

From: Arthur
Date: Thu, 12 Feb 1998 14:16:02 GMT
What is the font used in their logo type?

Windows 95 and Windows 3.x TrueType Font

From: james
Date: Thu, 12 Feb 1998 09:43:27 GMT
I had created TrueType font in windows 95, It worked ok on Win 95, but when I install it on Win 3.11 , on some sizes, I couldnt display it correctly, All I got was black boxes.

What's is the different between TrueType for Win 3.x and Win 95 ??

Please help.

Thanks a lot.

TOOLS link

From: HWB
Date: Wed, 11 Feb 1998 04:13:43 GMT
Thanks for a very good & helpful site.

It would be useful if links to the "TOOLS" pages could be more obvious ...on the front page perhaps.

end MSG

Display Chinese Font In Win 3.x

From: KL Chin
Date: Tue, 10 Feb 1998 16:00:48 GMT
I would like to write my own software to display chinese font. Where can I obtain those sample code.

times new roman

From: connie
Date: Sun, 8 Feb 1998 21:10:09 GMT
i am trying to find this font to load onto my files and have been unable to locate this font. can you help me. it would be greatly appreciated.

Small Typface

From: Trevor Aiston
Date: Fri, 6 Feb 1998 22:21:16 GMT
I'm looking for small typfaces (around 16pt) that print well on a HP laser 4V. ANy suggestions

TrueType between platforms

From: Jessica Graalfs
Date: Fri, 6 Feb 1998 00:21:18 GMT
Is there a way to use the same truetype font file on both Macs and PCs?


From: Malin Dandenell
Date: Wed, 4 Feb 1998 16:32:44 GMT
I would like to know why Garamond comes out differently on different printers?

Welcome to the history of typography, Malin! Claude Garamond was a 16th century type designer, who designed several typefaces in different sizes, many of which have been used as models for more recent interpretations. Stempel Garamond and Adobe Garamond are based on these. To confuse matters, until early this century the type designs of Jean Jannon were also attributed to Garamond. The "Garamond" types of Monotype, ATF, Simoncini and ITC are of such origins, but the names aren't going to be changed now. -- Laurence

TrueType for dos

From: Geoff Moyle
Date: Thu, 5 Feb 1998 08:08:16 GMT
Is it possible to use truetype fonts in dos or are there any conversion programs available which will allow them to be downlaoded

japanese fonts

From: Jim Yen
Date: Wed, 4 Feb 1998 11:52:36 GMT

please tell me where to get Japanese TTF fonts.


Main web Page

From: Arthur Lee
Date: Mon, 2 Feb 1998 01:38:53 -0800
First I would like to mention how usefull I have found your web site in my search for more fonts and info. Second I noticed on the main page of your site it says TrueType is the scalable font technology built into Windows and Macintosh. I would just like to Mention it is also built into OS/2 Warp v4 (along with adobe support) :) again thanks for the well maintained and informative website.

Arthur Lee

litagures and truetype

From: Duncan Simpson
Date: Tue, 3 Feb 1998 20:25:48 GMT
Real type setting uses litagures (fi, fl, ffi, ffl, ff and various other combinations are replaced by special characters, because the results look bad without them). Will truetype ever support these? Type 1 postscript fonts support litagures as does TeX. If not, are can you explain why users will not get less than professional quality ouptut?


From: John Bohnenstiehl
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 1998 16:16:14 GMT
I'm searching for sixteenths. WP and others allow me to use the half, fourths, thirds, and eighths without going to an equation box. With the stock market going to sixteenths and teaching math I'm searching for something that can put simple fractions on the same line. I'm assuming if the papers have it for there pages, it should be out there, but where?

Replacement for MSLINEDRAW

From: Dieter
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 1998 19:28:16 GMT
Does anybody know a replacement for linedraw.ttf which will be accepted from MS Word97? Cant use "Courier new" because of its unicode. Must draw DOS boxes for documentation with Word97.

Thank you

True Type hinting interpreter

From: Stuart Combes
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 1998 20:08:49 GMT
I have the MS help file on True Type but the following points are ambiguous/unclear. Can you help :

1) Can IF[] statements be nested ?

2) JROT[], JROF[] etc POP a ULONG but use a SIGNED offset - how is the ULONG converted?

3) WCVTP[] : the ordering of the location and value on the stack differ in the text and the picture : which should be popped first?

4) ISECT[] : "if lines are parallel, the point is put in the middle" - how is middle defined? Is the diagram right?

Many thanks


How to generate fonts by WGL4

From: Klaudio Pap
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 1998 13:21:16 GMT
I tried to generate font with WGL4 encoding, by WGL4 I mean Windows Glyph List 4 standard described in True Type Font Specification 1.66 that encapsulate1250, 1251, 1252 or more code pages in single ttf file. Ttf files like that are included in original Windows 95 Pan European version (Times New Roman, Arial and Courier) as single files. These files when installed in fonts folder acts like three fonts each, vIewing in Character Map or Word 95 (you can see Arial, Arial CE and Arial Cyr). These fonts are encoded by WGL4 according to Microsoft (MSDN). How to generate fonts like that with Fontographer 4.1 on PC? We tried without success. Please send your answer to oue e-mail adress

Fontographer is not a good option for generating large WGL4 fonts. Try FontLab instead.

conversion ttf -> pfb

From: Andrea Battistella
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 1998 10:57:14 GMT
Is there a free tool to convert ttf files in pfb files on a unix machine ?

thanks in andvance

andrea battistella

Care Label

From: Rainer Geisler
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 1998 16:25:42 GMT
I'm desperately seeking a TT-Font with "textile dings", the standard care symbols: Do not iron, do not bleach, may be bleached, the typical temperatures, do not tumble dry and so on.

If you don't know it directly, I would be very thankful for any hint!

Best regards
Rainer Geisler


From: tyler
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 1998 18:38:42 GMT
are there any font convertors for the mac that can change a

postscript font into a mac truetype font.



Fontographer seems to be the standard method. -- Laurence

How to create or modify any TrueType Font?

From: Sabir Younis Salki
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 1998 06:09:11 GMT

Me is in need to find out a shareware programme with which I could create or modify any truetype font?

Does anyone know? I am dead sure about it's existance and will be much obliged for pointing out that site/source.


NT 4.0 Workstation

From: Kare Krupala
Date: 17 January 1998 23:31
I'm unable to access CE TTF fonts in NT (even these fonts are OK under Win95). After installing Service Pack 3 for NT, the problem is, that I can write CE chars in third-party TTF fonts, but NOT in Arial, Times New Roman and Courier New, which are original from NT CD-ROM !!!

Has anyone solution ?

font monster

From: Mike Foster
Date: 08 January 1998 02:04
Does anyone know where I can get font monster or a similar program for free? Please respond.

FontMonster is still around on many shareware archives, but the author has not been contactable for some time. Thus, perhaps it's going against the shareware concept if there's no way of remunerating him... -- Laurence

font list

From: Jane Krainin
Date: 07 January 1998 18:46
Hi, I'm overwhelmed by the gazillion fonts. I'd like to find a graphic that had a thousand or so of the more popular fonts listed in their typeface so I could do a quick visualhunt for something reasonable. I'm SURE many such graphics exist..

do you know where???

There are lots of these, Jane... in book form (the best graphics format). Try Rookledge's TypeFinder, the FontBook, and others. -- Laurence


From: Ilon Joseph
Date: 02 January 1998 16:09

For developing graphics, etc on the my workstation, I've found that I need ttf fonts for programs like POV. When will ttf be Unix-box compatible?

You may want to check out what the FreeType folks are doing. There will probably be a public domain TrueType system for Unix and X Windows before long. However, support in applications (e.g. POV) is another matter. -- Laurence

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