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Fonts & Encodings

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    Yannis Haralambous(Author)

This reference is a fascinating and complete guide to using fonts and typography on the Web and across a variety of operating systems and application software. Fonts & Encodings shows you how to take full advantage of the incredible number of typographic options available, with advanced material that covers everything from designing glyphs to developing software that creates and processes fonts.

The era of ASCII characters on green screens is long gone, and industry leaders such as Apple, HP, IBM, Microsoft, and Oracle have adopted the Unicode Worldwide Character Standard. Yet, many software applications and web sites still use a host of standards, including PostScript, TrueType, TeX/Omega, SVG, Fontlab, FontForge, Metafont, Panose, and OpenType. This book explores each option in depth, and provides background behind the processes that comprise today's "digital space for writing":

  • Part I introduces Unicode, with a brief history of codes and encodings including ASCII. Learn about the morass of the data that accompanies each Unicode character, and how Unicode deals with normalization, the bidirectional algorithm, and the handling of East Asian characters.
  • Part II discusses font management, including installation, tools for activation/deactivation, and font choices for three different systems: Windows, the Mac OS, and the X Window System (Unix).
  • Part III deals with the technical use of fonts in two specific cases: the TeX typesetting system (and its successor, W, which the author co-developed) and web pages.
  • Part IV describes methods for classifying fonts: Vox, Alessandrini, and Panose-1, which is used by Windows and the CSS standard. Learn about existing tools for creating (or modifying) fonts, including FontLab and FontForge, and become familiar with OpenType properties and AAT fonts.
Nowhere else will you find the valuable technical information on fonts and typography that software developers, web developers, and graphic artists need to know to get typography and fonts to work properly.

Overall, I rate this an exceptional achievement. -- ComputerWorld, October 2007The Greatest Font Book Ever.Besides being authoritative and exhaustively complete, it's a joy to read. -- Design Tools Monthly, December 2007this puts the U in Unicode and is a must read for anyone that wants to learn more about this exciting topic -- Dan McKinnon, October 2007

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Book details

  • PDF | 1040 pages
  • Yannis Haralambous(Author)
  • O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (6 Oct. 2007)
  • English
  • 8
  • Computing & Internet
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  • By D. J. Mccann on 20 November 2007

    This is surely the definitive work on the topic, and manages to be readable as well.The chapters cover: Before Unicode; Introduction to Unicode; Properties of characters; Normalisation, Bidirectionality, and East Asian characters; Using Unicode; Font management; TEX; Web pages; History of typefaces; Creating fonts; Rasterisation; Advanced typography. The appendixes cover Font formats, TrueType instructing, Bezier curves.The author is a Macintosh user and so, refreshingly, gives equal coverage to OS-X, Linux, and Windows. I can't vouch for the Windows material, but the Linux information is sound, if a little dated in places.

  • By Troy Korjuslommi on 29 January 2008

    It's great to see such a thorough book on the subject.The coverage of Unicode is good and written in plain English.The book covers history and technical implementation details, with many examplesof usage. There is also coverage of East Asian scripts (CJK).I liked finding the sections on modifying keyboard layouts and managingfonts on Mac OS 9, Mac OSX, Windows XP, and X Windows (including GNU/Linux).The information on X11 is not complete, but still very good.Oddly, the author uses the term "X Window," which should in my opinion be X, X11,X Window System or X Windows. This is probably due to pressure not to use the word"Windows," although "X Windows" is the common term.The sections on TeX, SVG and Postscript are invaluable, and there is even infofor creating and publishing your own custom fonts to browsers.Overall, I would say that the book is an invaluable reference for anyone who dealswith fonts, typography and i18n issues.

  • By robert on 15 June 2014

    as reference books go, fonts and encodings is a good read. i find it invaluable, but it probably isn't for everyone. if you're the sort of person who requires a reference book on fonts and encodings, then this is what you need. if you never give it a second thought, i would recommend giving this book a read, it's fascinating.

  • By richard on 3 November 2016

    More and better explanation than I've found in the last 10 years of searching. Beautifully written

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