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Standard OpenType Specification


Creating and supporting OpenType fonts for standard scripts
(Latin, Cyrillic, Greek, Armenian, etc.)

This document presents information that will assist font developers in creating fonts for all 'standard scripts' covered by the Unicode Standard. The term 'standard scripts', used throughout this document, refers to any non-complex script; any script that does not require re-ordering or contextual analysis. See Writing Systems in Appendix A for a list of scripts and languages. Font developers will learn how to encode script features in their fonts, choose character sets, organize font information, and use existing tools to produce standard script fonts. Registered features of standard scripts are defined and illustrated, encodings are listed, and templates are included for compiling layout tables for OpenType fonts.

This document also presents information about the standard OpenType shaping engine of Uniscribe, an operating system component responsible for text layout.

In addition to being a primer and specification for the creation and support of standard script fonts, this document is intended to more broadly illustrate the OpenType Layout architecture, feature schemes, and operating system support for shaping and positioning text.


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Standard OpenType Specification
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