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VTT Version 6.30 [August, 2018 release]

Download available here The following are the changes since the 6.20 [March, 2017 release] release...

Author: fbcontrb Date: 08/02/2018

Glossary of Terms

The following glossary of terms, may be a useful reference for articles on FontBlog Aliasing:...

Author: fbcontrb Date: 06/12/2018

The ‘gasp’ Table

What is the ‘gasp’ table? The ‘gasp’ table (Grid-fitting and Scan-conversion Procedure Table) in a...

Author: fbcontrb Date: 05/09/2018

Hinting Font Variation fonts in VTT 6.2

The latest version of VTT, (6.20) allows for the easy addition of hinting to Variable Fonts. There...

Author: fbcontrb Date: 03/27/2017

Some notes on the New ‘Res’ Hints, aka Smart Hinting.

The newest versions of Visual TrueType include a new set of instructions called ‘Res’ hints....

Author: fbcontrb Date: 07/08/2016

Fine Tuning the Light Latin Autohinter output (Part 2)

In the first post, in this series on Fine Tuning, I looked at editing the Autohinter code, where the...

Author: fbcontrb Date: 06/03/2016

Fine Tuning the Light Latin Autohinter output (Part 1)

No Autohinter is perfect. The intent is that the Light Latin Autohinter works well enough for most...

Author: fbcontrb Date: 05/27/2016

A Graphical Guide To VTT 6.10 Light Latin Autohinting

VTT 6.10 now includes an Autohinter for Latin fonts. The Autohinter uses a Lightweight hinting...

Author: fbcontrb Date: 04/08/2016

Preparing settings in VTT 6.10, for Hinting and Proofing Webfonts

Now that we have covered the new features this post will cover some basic setup in VTT 6.10, to...

Author: fbcontrb Date: 04/04/2016

Introducing VTT 6.10, with Autohinting.

Hi, Mike Duggan here. I am a Program Manager/Typographer, at Microsoft. Today I would like to...

Author: fbcontrb Date: 04/04/2016

The Art and Tradition of Typography

The Art and Tradition of Typography For over 25 years Microsoft has been very focused on the...

Author: fbcontrb Date: 06/25/2010

There is more than one kind of eye fatigue

Asthenopia is the formal term for describing what is usually called eye fatigue. While eye fatigue...

Author: fbcontrb Date: 08/11/2008

ClearType improves the efficiency of typical office tasks

In two earlier posts I talked about studies that showed that word recognition is 17% more accurate...

Author: fbcontrb Date: 07/16/2008

Uhhhh... I’m, like, angry at numbers.

A teacher asks Butt-head if he is angry for some reason Butt-head: Uhhhh... I’m, like, angry...

Author: fbcontrb Date: 06/15/2007

A blast from type past!

When Windows 2000 launched, there was a new typeface included called Palatino Linotype. What was...

Author: fbcontrb Date: 06/11/2007

The Technology of Text

Kevin Larson on our team recently had an article published in Spectrum IEEE. Here is a link to the...

Author: fbcontrb Date: 06/11/2007

The ClearType Font Collection

Now that Vista and Office 2007 have shipped, we would like to send out a pointer to some online...

Author: fbcontrb Date: 05/22/2007

Missed Opportunity for Ligatures

In 1916 Legros & Grant published their classic printers handbook Typographical...

Author: fbcontrb Date: 08/10/2006

More on Linespacing

Typography Tip #3 recommends setting linespacing in Word to a multiple of 1.2. This has the effect...

Author: fbcontrb Date: 05/17/2006

Word jumble hoax debunked

I’ve previously talked about the Aoccdrnig to rscheearch at Cmabrigde uinervtisy hoax. The study...

Author: fbcontrb Date: 05/09/2006

Typography Tip #3.

Changing the line spacing in your document can have a dramatic effect on the how your page will...

Author: fbcontrb Date: 05/03/2006

Introducing Ambiguity

Here is another idea for a sentence end punctuation. I call it the ambiguity mark. It is perhaps not...

Author: fbcontrb Date: 04/05/2006

Another must have!

and of course another favorite for all things typographic is The Elements of Typographic Style by...

Author: fbcontrb Date: 03/22/2006

There are several books that we’ve found extremely valuable in this group that deal with...

Author: fbcontrb Date: 03/20/2006

Introducing the Irony Mark

Despite the less than positive comments for the Interrobang, I would like to advocate for more...

Author: fbcontrb Date: 01/04/2006

Interrobang?! — Interrobang!?

One of the least heralded, but arguably most important new features of the new ClearType font...

Author: fbcontrb Date: 12/22/2005

ClearType = Clear Mind

In a previous post I talked about the ClearType improvement in word recognition. Lee Gugerty and...

Author: fbcontrb Date: 12/13/2005

Typography Tip #2.

Typography Tip #2. When justifying text in Microsoft Word use the hyphenation feature to improve the...

Author: fbcontrb Date: 11/29/2005

Rscheearch Shmecsearch

In September 2003, the following paragraph thundered its way around the internet, and has been an...

Author: fbcontrb Date: 11/16/2005

Why is Courier New so Thin?

The Courier typeface, designed by Howard “Bud” Kettler, has an interesting history which has been...

Author: fbcontrb Date: 11/11/2005

Where does 96 DPI come from in Windows?

Most Windows systems are shipped with the display DPI set to 96 PPI. (I’ll use the term PPI in...

Author: fbcontrb Date: 11/08/2005

Fontblog Typography Tips

Typography Tip #1. When writing your email, or documents, only use one space after a period....

Author: fbcontrb Date: 11/03/2005

ClearType improves our accuracy at recognizing words

Most people agree that ClearType makes text look nicer, especially when tuned. But does it help us...

Author: fbcontrb Date: 10/28/2005

The burden of locked grids & blooming dots

Stuck in a rut, boxed in by restraints, griddled by grids? You know what I love? Beautiful type....

Author: fbcontrb Date: 10/26/2005

You can tune a font but you can’t tuna fish...

My name is Greg Hitchcock, and I’m a software architect in the Advanced Reading Technologies team....

Author: fbcontrb Date: 10/20/2005

Colophon

One often finds the colophon at the end of a book, but in the case of this blog it is only right to...

Author: fbcontrb Date: 10/20/2005

The Liquid Crystal Goblet

A lot of people take reading on a computer screen for granted. Most don’t even notice the...

Author: fbcontrb Date: 10/18/2005

Reading of Science

Hi, I’m the team’s reading psychologist. A lot of people freak out at the title psychologist fearing...

Author: fbcontrb Date: 10/10/2005

Welcome to our font blog.

Welcome to our new blog. I’ll start my first posting with an old but relevant joke. Question: What...

Author: fbcontrb Date: 10/07/2005