OpenType Info

OpenType Glossary

CFF
Compact Font Format (Adobe PostScript®) A compression technique used to reduce the size of PostScript outlines in OpenType fonts.


character
Character. (1) The smallest component of written language that has semantic value; refers to the abstract meaning and/or shape, rather than a specific shape (see also glyph), though in code tables some form of visual representation is essential for the reader’s understanding. (2) The basic unit of encoding for the Unicode™ character encoding.
For full details see: http://www.unicode.org/glossary/index.html


Digital Signature
OpenType fonts may contain digital signatures. Digital signatures allow operating systems and web browsers to validate the integrity and identify the source of files before using them.


embedding
Embedding controls the way how fonts may be integrated into documents for further use. Depending on the rights embedded fonts allow you to view, print, edit or install a font used in a document when the document is moved to a computer that does not have the font installed locally.


OpenType supports the following embedding types:

Type:
allowed action

no embedding allowed:
none

preview & print:
print documents with the correct fonts anywhere (Linotype standard setting)
view documents with the correct fonts anywhere (Linotype standard setting)

editable:
edit and print documents with the correct fonts anywhere
edit and view documents with the correct fonts anywhere

installable:
transport the font with the document
install the font on any computer
edit and print documents with the correct fonts anywhere
edit and view documents with the correct fonts anywhere

Linotype ships all fonts with the embedding set to preview & print. Should you require a different level of embedding, please contact info@linotype.com


Glyph

Glyph. (1) An abstract form that represents one or more glyph images. (2) A synonym for glyph image.


see also character

For full details see: http://www.unicode.org/glossary/index.html


UNICODE
UNICODE provides a standardized numbering system for glyphs. Essentially every glyph has a UNICODE. The standard is global and allows the exchange of documents set in different languages and scripts regardless of the computer system used to read or type the text.

For full details see: http://www.unicode.org/


How to download OpenType fonts:

If you enter the name of the desired typeface into the search field you will receive a list of all fitting fonts in all available formats.
Adobe OpenType user guide is available as pdf file. Please download:
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