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Developing fonts: Overview


This section contains information for developers of TrueType and OpenTypeTM fonts and the applications that use them. Follow the links below for more in-depth information on specifications, articles, communities & forums, as well as tools and SDKs.

This reference area includes TrueType and OpenType specifications, as well as OpenType font development specifications for a wide range of individual scripts and languages.

Features of TrueType & OpenType
For general information, history and comparison of TrueType and OpenType font formats.

ClearType is an unprecedented innovation in font display technology. ClearType dramatically improves font display resolution and marks a genuine breakthrough in screen readability. Read more about this exciting technology that's set to revolutionize the way type is rendered on color LCD displays.

Tools & SDKs
Get the latest information on using Microsoft tools for building, validating, testing and licensing TrueType and OpenType fonts, and where you can download them.

Visual TrueType screen capture

Find out how to select the best font editor, register your font foundry, or read about type ethics, from our list of developer-related links.

Explore subjects such as advanced text rendering, character design standards and TrueType hinting philosophies in these developer-related articles.

We have set up a number of community Web sites for people developing fonts using Microsoft Typography font tools.

OpenType forum
Join this independent email forum that promotes the discussion of OpenType fonts and technology.

Last updated 11 June 2009.

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