1. Learn Font Basics

We’ve come a long way from the bitmapped fonts on the original Mac, which were a miracle in the days of the blocky, one-size-fits-all text on other computers. Along that long way, new font technologies have been developed, praised, accepted as a standard, and then nudged aside by the next new thing.

I’ve broken the topic of learning font basics into three sections. You need to understand them all before you can really wrangle your fonts:

Supported font types: Some fonts are new to Mac OS X, others are on their way out (next page).

Font locations: Read Where Tiger Stores Fonts (page 10). Be sure to read the entire section since the last topic, The Font Access Order, is especially important to understand.

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