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Windows® 98 Unleashed by Paul McFedries

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Fontamentals, Part III: The Font-Rendering Mechanism

Windows 98 also categorizes fonts according to how they're rendered onscreen or on the printer. Windows 98 can work with three different font-rendering mechanisms: raster, vector, and TrueType.

Raster Fonts

With raster fonts, each character is represented by a bitmap pattern, something like the one shown in Figure 20.3. These simple patterns are easy to manipulate, so Windows 98 can display and print raster fonts quickly. Windows ships with five raster fonts: Courier, MS Sans Serif, MS Serif, Small Fonts, and Symbol. You can also get raster fonts by purchasing third-party products such as Adobe Type Manager, Bitstream FaceLift, and Hewlett-Packard Type Director.

Figure 20.3. The characters ...

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