on-screen reading


On-screen reading relates to reading type on the screen of a device, rather than in printed form.

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Hinting, or screen optimising, is the process by which TrueType or PostScript fonts are adjusted for maximum readability on computer monitors. This text compares different ways of hinting (black & white, grey-scale, ClearType, DirectWrite), and explains the behaviour of fonts under different rasterisers.
Tutorials · 17 May 2010 · English · 1920 words

Blogs 6

Vita is a distinctive and quietly confident 21st century sans serif typeface for high and low resolutions.
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Neutral, designed almost a decade ago, is now finally out. It takes inspiration from typefaces that seem ageless, remaining fresh and relevant even decades after they were designed.
14 April 2014
Tribunal was originally developed as the custom font of a cross-platform magazine, designed from the start to work equally well in both print and screen media.
16 December 2013
To help foundries, designers and end users, we are proposing standardised icons to identify the hinting methods used for each font.
3 September 2012
Irma Screen is designed to work equally well on paper and the computer screen. It is available in TrueType format only and has been specially optimised for exceptional readability on laptops, desktops, mobile devices and other digital displays.
3 September 2012

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Font rendering is handled by the operating system’s rasterizer. While Apple’s OS X does a great job of rendering all fine details of type on screen, the Windows rasterizer is less refined, so fonts in small sizes don’t look as good as in Mac OS.
The TrueType format was jointly developed by Apple and Microsoft in 1991, several years after the release of the PostScript Type 1 font format. Despite the format’s technical superiority (most of the system fonts on both Mac and Windows computers are TrueType) it never became popular amongst designers.