outline font

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outline font
 
n
computing Compare bitmap font Also called: vector font a font format that makes use of fillable geometric outlines of letters and symbols, allowing fonts to be scaled up or down while still retaining their intended shape

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outline font definition

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(Or "vector font") A font defined as a set of lines and curves as opposed to a bitmap font. An outline font (e.g. PostScript, TrueType, RISC OS) can be scaled to any size and otherwise transformed more easily than a bitmap font, and with more attractive results, though this requires a lot of numerical processing. The result of transforming a character in an outline font in a particular way is often saved as a bitmap in a font cache to avoid repeating the calculations if that character is to be drawn again.
(1995-03-16)
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