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scalable font

[¦skāl·ə·bəl ′fänt]
(graphic arts)
A set of mathematical values that specify the outlines for each character in a font, and allow the characters to be scaled to any size through special algorithms. Also known as outline font.

scalable font

A font that is created in the required point size when needed for display or printing. The dot patterns (bitmaps) are generated from a set of outline fonts, or base fonts, which contain a mathematical representation of the typeface. The two major scalable fonts are Adobe's Type 1 PostScript and Apple/Microsoft's TrueType.

Although a bitmapped font that is designed from scratch for a particular font size will always look the best, scalable fonts eliminate storing hundreds of different sizes of fonts on disk. In most cases however, only the trained eye can tell the difference. Contrast with bitmapped font.
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Nasdaq: TYPE), a leading global provider of text imaging solutions, is showcasing the ability to enhance user interfaces, applications, games, advertising and other mobile content using scalable fonts at booth #315 of the Qualcomm (Nasdaq: QCOM) BREW([R]) 2008 Conference, May 28-30, at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego.
Our BREW font solution offers flexibility to help speed time to market, while enabling BREW developers to integrate scalable fonts engineered for superior display on mobile phones.
The power and flexibility of scalable fonts provide value not only to OEMs and developers but also to mobile designers in the BREW value chain," said Paul Pugh, creative director, frog design.
On their own, customers often find that switching from bitmap to scalable fonts is very difficult.
Scalable fonts are characteristic of Adobe Systems' PostScript printers, although PostScript drivers are available on most Microsoft Windows software programs.
For anyone who wants PostScript and scalable fonts, HP offers two Adobe Postscript Level 2 options.
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OpenTV to bring Enhanced Text Quality, Scalable Fonts and Multilingual Support to Digital TV
The OpenTV solution from Monotype Imaging also opens access to its worldwide font collection and enables OpenTV customers to switch from using fixed-in-size bitmap fonts to scalable fonts.
Network operators are also focused on speeding delivery of new offerings to gain a competitive edge, and scalable fonts are becoming paramount to meeting this objective.
Complete internationalization, localization, multi-lingual text input, bi-directional text rendering, scalable fonts, editable themes, animations and transitions are also supported.

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