• 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.
  • Specifications

    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.

  • OpenType Font Variations

    A major new enhancement in OpenType 1.8, OpenType Font Variations enables type designers to encode an entire typeface family in a single, compact font file, with styles that are interpolated on the fly to meet the user's needs.

  • ClearType

    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.

  • Links

    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.

  • Articles

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

  • Communities

    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.