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Sams Teach Yourself SVG in 24 Hours by Micah Laaker

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Understanding Typefaces

How does SVG allow for true typeface display across all viewers? What separates this technology from previous standards? To start with, SVG was designed with the express goal of supporting actual typefaces beyond what a user has installed on his or her machine. To accommodate this, SVG was created to accept its own SVG Fonts format, as well as existing typeface standards such as CSS2's WebFonts. Both formats allow designers to encode the typefaces used in their work into a format that an SVG viewer can understand.

Neither format is similar to system fonts, which actually reside on an end user's computer. System fonts generally contain information, such as bitmaps, that optimize typeface display at specific sizes and contain ...

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