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OpenType FAQ

Updated: July 7, 2009

If you have any questions about OpenType, see how to contact us. Where possible, we will post questions and answers here.


Q.Can an OpenType font contain TrueType outlines?
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Yes, OpenType fonts can contain either PostScript Type 1 or TrueType outlines. All Microsoft Windows fonts contain TrueType outlines.

Q.What is an OpenType CFF font?
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An OpenType CFF font is an OpenType font which contains PostScript Type 1 outlines.

Q.Why is my OpenType font listed as a TrueType font by my application?
A.

Different applications have different ways of determining if a font is OpenType. Most look for specific tables within the font. In some cases, a font may be OpenType, but a particular table is missing and the application may consider it a TrueType font.

Q.What applications support OpenType features?
A.

Desktop publishing applications such as Adobe InDesign and QuarkXpress support the largest number of OpenType features. Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator support many features. Support for common OpenType features is also being added to Microsoft Publisher and Microsoft Word in Office 14.

Q.Can I convert old fonts to OpenType format?
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The best thing to do is to contact the font vendor who created the original fonts.

Q.How many glyphs are allowed in an OpenType font?
A.

64,000 glyphs

Q.Can the same font file be used on both Mac and Windows?
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Yes.

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