bitmap font


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bitmap font

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A font where each character is stored as an array of pixels (a bitmap). Such fonts are not easily scalable, in contrast to vectored fonts (like those used in PostScript).

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bitmapped font

A set of dot patterns for each letter and digit in a particular typeface (Times Roman, Helvetica, etc.) for a specified type size (10 points, 12 points, etc.). Bitmapped typefaces are either purchased in groups of pre-generated point sizes, or, for a wide supply of fonts, font generators allow the user to create a variety of point sizes. Bitmapped fonts take up disk space for each point size. Contrast with scalable font. See font and font generator.
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It is compatible with most existing applications and bitmap fonts.
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