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. (Rendering Environment Specific). Unlike old-style hints, which always round to a full pixel, ‘Res’ hints adjust to fractional pixels, when this option is available. The ‘Res’ hints adjust automatically to take advantage of whatever antialiasing mode an operating system is using,…

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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 Autohinter did not recognize certain features. In this post I will look at second category. 2. Local adjustments to individual glyphs hints, to add Interpolate commands, to improve the typographic color and proportion of the glyph, The Autohinter…

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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 glyphs. Autohinting for all glyphs in the font should be carefully checked and proofed in VTT 6.10. Hinting for certain glyphs may need editing, either by using the Visual Hinting tools, or by editing the VTT Talk code…

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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 strategy that focuses on grid-fitting common heights, such as x-height, Cap Height, Ascender, Descender using CVT (Control Value Table) heights as reference, and linking across common stems, such as H crossbar, E, F, Horizontals, O, Q, C, G, Rounds, lowercase…

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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 ensure you have the correct settings to begin hinting and proofing fonts for the Web VTT allows you to easily customize your viewing settings. When you begin Hinting, most of the work, will be previewing and…

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Introducing VTT 6.10, with Autohinting.

Hi, Mike Duggan here. I am a Program Manager/Typographer, at Microsoft. Today I would like to introduce some of the features in the latest version of VTT, (Visual TrueType), designed to make hinting fonts, easier and faster than ever. The download is available here The download can be installed as a fresh install, or as…

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The Art and Tradition of Typography

The Art and Tradition of Typography For over 25 years Microsoft has been very focused on the development of type and type technologies. In order to fully understand the technical foundations of typography in Windows, a brief overview of some of the highlights of “typographic engineering” from the past 500 years can add some useful…

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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 has been around long before computers, spending many hours in front of computer monitors certainly causes eye fatigue for a lot of people. I’m keenly interested in understanding eye fatigue and what can be done to prevent it. Surprisingly…

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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 and sentence comprehension is 5% faster with ClearType. Given these findings we should certainly expect that that there are reading benefits for ClearType when reading extended text. But what about other common office tasks that involve reading, but…

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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 at numbers. Beavis: Yeah, there’s like, too many of them and stuff. If Beavis and Butthead were typographers, they would be ecstatic. For typographers, the more numbers styles, the better, and with the advent of OpenType a whole new…

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