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Can anyone explain to me what are Opentype fonts and TrueType fonts? And what is the difference between them?

Please use simple terms, I'm not an expert in fonts..

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Hi Hiba,

Let's start with TrueType. TrueType is a format for scalable fonts that became popular with the advent of Windows. Before scalable fonts appeared, you had to use font package software to "build" bitmapped font files for every size you were going to use them at, which was very cumbersome, time consuming, and limiting. TrueType (and other formats like Type1) are called scalable because you can change the size of the font without having to rebuild it, because the files are not bitmaps anymore, but a series of curves that define the outline of a character.

Open Type is a specification for a file format that aims to end the differences between TrueType and Type1 fonts. The final aim is to have one font file that works in both Mac and PC platforms. Currently there are TrueType Open Type fonts and Type1 Open Type fonts, but in the future that difference ahould be eliminated. Another advantage of OpenType is that it supports Unicode, which is an extended set of characters. The Unicode specification allows for the inclusion of characters in many different writing systems (Hebrew, Greek, Cyrillic, Japanese, Chinese, Korean and others) all within the same font file.

For more information you can check this link. It gives you a History of TrueType, difference between Type1 and TrueType, the Open Type specs, explains what Unicode is, and a lot more:

http://www.truetype.demon.co.uk/

Good Vibes!

Lobo
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When i Use Some Hindi Fonts in WORDPAD i found some odd spaced between some character but in Microsoft Word there is no odd spaced why this problem occur can any one explain?
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When i Use Some Hindi Fonts in WORDPAD i found some odd spaced between some character but in Microsoft Word there is no odd spaced

The Same Problem is Occured in HindiTrans 2.0 which is ENGLISH to HINDI Transliterator with no need of UNICODE font and can be downloaded from www.rovisuam.2ya.com , the application was developed using RichTextBox Control Activex

why this problem occur can any one explain?
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