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Font properties extension, version 2.30

If you right click on a font file in Windows and choose 'properties', the font's basic properties are displayed. The Font Properties extension adds several additional tabs to the properties dialog box. These tabs are described below.

Embedding

The Embedding tab explains the font’s embedding permissions. Applications such as Microsoft Word and Microsoft PowerPoint, allow you to embed fonts into documents when the document is saved. The manufacturer of the font can specify the level of embedding they allow.

CharSet/Unicode

The CharSet/Unicode tab contains 3 sections. The first section shows the encoding method used for the font on the Windows platform. The most common encodings are Unicode and Symbol.

The second section shows the codepages supported by the font. A codepage lists all the characters required by a specific writing system. For example the 1251 Cyrillic codepage defines a list of Cyrillic characters, and 1252 Latin 2 lists the common West European characters.

The third section indicates the range of characters - as defined by the Unicode Standard - supported by this font. Unicode is divided into numeric ranges of similar characters. All of the Cyrillic characters, for example are located in the same numeric range.

For more information about Unicode, character sets and codepages visit the Unicode web site.

Features

The features tab contains two sections. The first section provides a narrative explanation of the features of the font. This information is provided by the font designer.

The second section displays the range of OpenType tables included in the font. OpenType tables contain additional information to tell Windows how to deal with features such as alternate glyphs, glyph substitution or glyph positioning.

For more information on OpenType tables view the latest version of the OpenType Specification.

Links

The links tab points you to additional font information on the internet. The first link points you to the vendor’s website. The vendor is the company responsible for marketing and distributing the font, and is not necessarily the royalty owner of the original artwork. If vendor information hasn’t been encoded within the font, you may be able to search the Microsoft Typography vendor database for information about the vendor.

The second link points you to the font designer’s Web site address or e-mail address. The font designer is not necessarily the same as the font vendor.

The last link points you to the Microsoft Typography Web site which contains the latest version of the TrueType and OpenType font specifications, free fonts and utilities, information about fonts and typography and a large, searchable collection of links to font-related people, vendors and organizations.

Description

If the font manufacturer has added a description of the font it will be displayed in the Description tab. If the name of the designer has been added it will also be displayed here.

Version

The Version tab displays the version number of the font, as set by the font manufacturer. It also displays the date that the font was created and the date that the information in the font was last changed. The format used to display the date and time can be changed through the Regional Settings control panel. Zero dates and error dates may indicate improperly coded fonts. If (*) appears after Date/Time, the data may not be correct.

Hinting/Font Smoothing

The Hinting/Font Smoothing tab indicates the point sizes at which hinting and font smoothing will take effect in this font. Because different font styles require different treatments, type manufacturers encode these sizes within each font. Follow these links to learn more about hinting and smoothing.

Names

The information in the Names tab is encoded within the font by its manufacturer. The Font Name field displays the name of the font, including specific attributes, such as italic or bold. The Font Family name field displays the name of the font family to which this font belongs. The Font Vendor field shows the name of the company responsible for the marketing and distribution of the font (not necessarily the royalty owner of the original artwork). The name may be abbreviated. The Copyright field displays the font’s copyright information as included by the font manufacturer. Do not assume that missing copyright information indicates a public domain font, as it is not uncommon for hackers and font-pirates to remove the copyright information contained in commercial fonts. The Trademark field displays the font’s trademark information set by the font manufacturer.

License

If the font manufacturer has added a license description it will be displayed in the License tab.

Download instructions

  • download - Font properties extension 2.30
    locations - http://download.microsoft.com/
    file details - setup.exe - 2.49MB - 29 December 2006
  • requirements - Windows XP or later (32-bit only)
  • installation - Select the download location from the options listed.
    Choose 'run' or save the file to a local drive and run it from there.
  • use - 'Right click' on a font file (TrueType or OpenType) and choose properties from the menu.

Last updated 30 June 2009.


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