Font : Java Glossary

The JDisplay Java Applet displays the large program listings on this web page. JDisplay requires an up-to-date browser and Java version 1.8+, preferably 1.8.0_112. If you can’t see the listings, or if you just want to learn more about JDisplay, click  here for help. Use Firefox for best results.
The CurrCon Java Applet displays prices on this web page converted with today’s exchange rates into your local international currency, e.g. Euros, US dollars, Canadian dollars, British Pounds, Indian Rupees… CurrCon requires an up-to-date browser and Java version 1.8, preferably 1.8.0_112. If you can’t see the prices in your local currency, Troubleshoot. Use Firefox for best results.

fonts Font
A font is a triple e.g. SansSerif / Bold Italic / 11 point — the combination of type Family, style and size encapsulated into a Font object. See the file Inside it are the definitions that map the virtual Java Unicode fonts onto the 8-bit native fonts. Sun may have had to stitch together several 8-bit fonts to cover different regions of the Unicode character set in a Java virtual font. This allows the magic ability to simulate 16-bit Unicode fonts that can display more than 256 different characters when you only have 8-bit native fonts available. In JDK (Java Development Kit) 1.6+ you can’t use a native font in Java unless it has entries in the file to hook it up to some Java virtual font name. In subsequent JDK versions, you can also use any native font installed on the target system. Fontlab Composer is a tool for stitching fonts together.
Acquiring Fonts Fixed Pitch Fonts MS Office and Publisher Fonts
Adding Fonts in Java 1.2 Free Fonts Naming Fonts
Adding Fonts in Java 1.3+ font-face Personal Picks
Anti-aliasing Font Class Physical Fonts
Art Font Size PostScript Fonts
Available Java Fonts FontShower Amanuensis Programmer Fonts
Available Windows Fonts Gotchas Proportional Fonts
Beautiful Fonts Handwriting Fonts Readability
Browser Fonts Hinting Rendering
Bundling Including Fonts in Java Sans Serif Fonts
Buying Fonts Installing a Font In Windows Title Fonts
Changing The Default Fonts Installing a Font In Linux TrueType Fonts
ClearType Java Bundled Fonts Units of Measure
Commonly Installed Fonts Java Font Support Vista Fonts
Conserving Fonts Licensing Web Fonts
Corruption Java Logical Fonts Windows XP Fonts
CSS Logical Fonts Logical Fonts in CSS Books
Default CSS Fonts Logical Fonts in Java Future Fonts
Displayable? Macintosh OS X Fonts Learning More
Downloadable Fonts Monospaced Fonts Links
Embedded Fonts Monospaced Programmer Fonts

Java Font Support

Font Support Under Java
Font Type Extension Java version 1.6Windows Java version 1.6Linux Java version 1.6Fedora Old Java Windows Notes
(TrueType internally)
otf High-end fonts for Windows.
(PostScript Adobe CCF (Composite Container Format) internally)
otf High end PostScript fonts. You can detect these by the file signature { 0x4F, 0x54, 0x54, 0x4F } — the string "OTTO", at the head of the file.
TrueType ttf Most common font for Windows.
PostScript pfm/pfb Older style PS fonts. Supported by PostScript printer hardware. Windows itself supports PS fonts, at least with Adobe Type Manager, but Java ignores them.
Bitmap fon Used primarily for small font sizes. Come only a small set of point sizes.
Vector outline fon These are obsolete. Used by Windows without Java.
8-bit fonts any Java needs 16-bit fonts. It won’t use 8-bit fonts directly. Old or specialty 8-bit fonts can be used by stitching them together with a Unicode mapping, a daunting task.
SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics)fonts svg Vector fonts used in Linux. They tend to be free. Java does not out-the-box support them. Opera 10 beta supports them and allows them to be downloaded with a web page so you can use fonts the viewer does not necessarily already have installed.

AWT (Advanced Windowing Toolkit) will only support the five basic logical fonts, unless you paint on a Canvas, however, oddly under Fedora and AWT you can use up to 82 of your installed fonts. If you try to use more, you get an ArrayIndexOutOfBoundsException. The above information may be incorrect or may become incorrect at any time. Feel free to try any fonts with Java on any platform. The worst that could happen is they won’t work.

Java’s Font Class

Oracle’s Javadoc on Font class : available:
A Font does not have a colour attribute. It is always painted in the current foreground colour.

If you accidentally reverse the second and third constructor parameters, your code will compile, but the font display will be microscopic or invisible.

Font Design Is An Art

Circa 1980, I decided to add the French accented letters we use in Canada to the programmable font of an Okidata dot matrix printer. In isolation, my accented letters looked beautiful, but when melded into the rest of the alphabet they looked like a ransom note. I have great respect for the artists who design the world’s classic fonts. Each shape has to have an artistic consistency that says it belongs with the others. At the same time the glyphs must be easily distinguishable from each other. The design has to look good even when rendered crudely on a CRT (Cathode Ray Tube) in small font sizes. Some people like to look at Flemish paintings. I love to look at beautiful fonts. When you understand how much work goes into creating a great one, you would be less likely to pirate it. Peruse the art gallery at Adobe or BitStream MyFonts.

What Fonts Are Available Windows

To see what fonts are available to Windows, click Start ⇒ Control Panel ⇒ Appearance and Personalization ⇒ Fonts . These fonts will work in Windows word processors and many Windows programs including browsers. Not all of the fonts will work in Java, or Java Applets however. To find out the name of the corresponding file in C:\Windows, right click Properties.

Windows stores the fonts in C:\Windows\fonts\.

Installing a Font In Windows

To install a font in Windows Vista, usually TTF (TrueType Font) or OpenType-TTF:
  1. Click Start
  2. Control Panel
  3. Appearance and Personalisation
  4. Install or Remove a Font
  5. Click File. If you don’t see File, click Alt.
  6. Install New Font
  7. In the Add Fonts dialog box, under Drives, click the drive where the font that you want to install is located
  8. Under Folders, double-click the folder containing the fonts that you want to add
  9. Under List of fonts, click the font that you want to add
  10. click Install

Installing a Font In Linux

Just double click the font file, which must have the *.ttf TrueType or *.otf OpenType extension. This will invoke the font viewer to let you see the font is several sizes. If you want to install it just click Install in the bottom right corner. Your personal fonts live in you the .fonts subdirectory of your home directory.

What Fonts Are Available On My Machine under Java?

Adding Fonts to Java version 1.3 or later

Font f = Font.createFont( Font.TRUETYPE_FONT, inputStream );
let’s you dynamically create a 1-point plain font from a TrueType font file. It does not have to be installed in the OS. You can then deriveFont to create the fonts in the required sizes and styles. These fonts don’t work well at small point sizes because they don’t implement hinting. You could then fish fonts from the net, from the local hard disk or from the jar, much the way you can fetch images.

This does not permanently install the font. There is no platform-independent way to do that. In W2K, XP, W2003, Vista, W2008, W7-32, W7-64, W8-32, W8-64, W2012, W10-32 and W10-64, you can copy the TrueType font to C:\WINNT\FONTS.

You would have to read your font licence agreement carefully to see if it permits you to use the font in this way.

If you wish to use PostScript Type 1 multiple master fonts with  W2K, XP, W2003, Vista, W2008, W7-32, W7-64, W8-32, W8-64, W2012, W10-32 and W10-64, you need to install ATM (Adobe Type Manager) 4.1 or later. Do not install ATM 4.0 or earlier on W2K, XP, W2003, Vista, W2008, W7-32, W7-64, W8-32, W8-64, W2012, W10-32 and W10-64. W2K, XP, W2003, Vista, W2008, W7-32, W7-64, W8-32, W8-64, W2012, W10-32 and W10-64 have built-in support for ordinary PostScript Type 1 fonts and OpenType, though Java ignores the PostScript fonts.

Adding Fonts to Java version 1.2 (obsolete)

In Java version 1.2 or later you can access fonts either by Java logical or native-physical name. To make a new font accessible to Java version 1.2 you have three choices:
  1. Install the font on your host by following the host’s directions for installing fonts. On Windows, for example, you do this via control panel ⇒ Fonts. The font will be available both to your native Windows apps and your Java apps. Most TrueType fonts have a Unicode cmap index. You’ll notice that only a few do not. For example, if you look in your files, only Wingdings and Symbol fonts have the NEED_CONVERTED tag on them, which indicates that they require a conversion from a Unicode codepoint to a different indexing scheme within the font. If they have a native cmap index, Java is able to use them without special entries in the file.
  2. Copy the font into your jre/lib/fonts subdirectory. The font will be available only to Java. Notice that there are a set of Lucida fonts in there already: Lucida Bright, Lucida Sans and Lucida Sans Typewriter.
  3. Install the font using the file as you would in Java version 1.6 or later. You would need to use this technique if you needed to stitch several 8-bit fonts together to form one big Java logical Unicode font.

Units of Measure, Points and Pixels

Fonts are nominally measured in points, 1/72 of an inch tall. If Java truly did this, the number of pixels tall a given font was would depend both on the screen resolution and the size of the user’s monitor. Fonts would grow and shrink all out of proportion to the surrounding graphical elements based on pixels. To get around this problem, Java declares that one point equals one pixel. If you ask for a 10 point font, you are actually getting one nominally 10 pixels high. There will still be some characters taller and some shorter than 10 pixels.

But the real problem is historical. Two fonts families, both 12 points can be drastically different sizes. The size includes a variable about of vertical white space the designer thinks looks good with his font. You can see this effect clearly when you examine fonts with FontShower. Different fonts all rendered at the same point size are drastically different in size. This creates a WORA nightmare for Java programmers. If a font is not available on the client’s computer, or if the font has the same name, but a different provider, the rendered text may be way too big or too small to fit in the space allotted. You run into this problem even with the Sun standard logical default fonts like Dialog. Phhht! To deal with this, I resorted to the ugly kludge of making my Applets 12% bigger than optimal on my Vista machine to give them some slop to run with larger versions of the 16 point Dialog font on other platforms. Of course, this makes the Applets look silly on Vista machines.

Excusing themselves with artistic licence, font designers make their type sometimes up to twice as tall as requested or as small as half as tall. It makes some sense for fonts that also render Chinese to increase the size to ensure any Chinese rendered will still be legible. You might use the true font height numbers from the FontShower all fonts option to adjust the font sizes selected in css or Java to fully or partially compensate.

Font Naming

Fonts have three names:
  1. The retail name used to sell the font, e.g. Century Schoolbook.
  2. The family name, usually abbreviated, e.g. CentSchbook BT. This is typically what you use in Java or in your CSS style sheet. You must get the spelling exactly right including spaces.
  3. The precise font name, including adoments (suffixes to describe weight, style, stretch etc.), e.g. CentSchbook BT Roman, CentSchbook BT Italic, CentSchbook BT Bold, CentSchbook BT Bold Italic, CentSchbook BdCn BT Bold (bold condensed) or CentSchbook Mono BT (monospaced).

Acquiring Fonts

When buying fonts be aware that usually you buy the bold, italic, light, condensed etc. versions separately. They behave more or less as one font once you install them. Sometimes you pay extra for the full character set. Check to see if your font has upper and lower case, accented letters, the €, ligatures, ornaments, small caps… Check carefully exactly what is included in the bundle you buy.

Unfortunately, when you buy a font that usually gives you the right to use it on only your computer, but not to let people download it to view your webpages, or to include it in your programs. Usually you would not even be permitted to include them in PDF (Portable Document Format) documents. BitStream discontinued its scheme of downloadable fonts called webfonts that let you include the font in your web pages. CSS provides a scheme to include your fonts in your web pages, but they have to be free fonts or fonts you have licenced to distribute.

Personal Picks

Here are some of my favourite fonts. If you don’t have the font installed you will see something only vaguely similar:
Aquila Regular Just a touch of eccentricity to make it interesting.
Base Nine and Twelve This font is particularly good at small point sizes. It is an open design so the loops don’t clog. It offers small caps. It is somewhat heavy looking.
Bookman Old Style This has an old-fashioned, relaxed, hot-oatmeal for breakfast look.
Calibri Comes bundled with Vista. sans-serif. Renders very sharply. Very spare, like something an engineer might use on drawings. Lighter than Arial.
Cash EF This a modern-looking monospace font. Further, even in the tiniest font sizes it is eminently readable. It’s big problem is the zero and capital O are identical making this font useless for programmers. I have written the Eslner+Flake type foundry who created it asking them to create a variant suitable for programmers. They ignored me.
Consolas Comes bundled with Vista. Renders very sharply. Monospaced. Perhaps the best looking monospaced font. Has a sort of Euro spare look.
Constantia Comes bundled with Vista. Renders very sharply. Somewhat old-fashioned looking with pronounced serifs. Used old-style figures. 0123456789 will be different sizes and alignments if you have it installed.
DPCustomMono2 A monospaced font designed expressly for proofreading. It makes it easy to tell comma/period and colon/semicolon apart. You need anti-aliasing turned on for it to look half-way decent.
Frutiger Microsoft ripped this elegant design off by changing it slightly and calling it Segoe and reserving it as their corporate font.
Keystrokes Keycaps to let you explain the keystrokes you need to get do something on your PC (Personal Computer). The problem is you are not allowed to use the font on your website, which defeats the purpose of it.
OCR-B A monospaced font designed originally for optical character recognition. In making the characters distinct enough for computers, they also made them distinct for rapid human reading. There are no decent free ones around.
Palatino This an elegant font, something like the font equivalent of Paul Revere silver designs emphasising utility and simplicity.
PragmataPro Excellent programmer font. Legible in tiny sizes. Easy to tell all glyphs apart. Monospace. Designer Fabrizio Schiavi listens when customers make suggestions.
Segoe Print looks like hand printing. Comes bundled with Vista.
Segoe UI Comes bundled with Vista, W2008, W7-32, W7-64, W8-32, W8-64, W2012, W10-32 and W10-64. Renders very sharply. Delicate, clean, works well in small sizes for labelling things.
Sys Good for small type. Has glyphs for almost everything. Well hinted. Austere but rounded looking. It has a problem in that italic does not work in Java. Presumably that will be soon fixed. The font was just released.
Tiresias PCFont Z The letters are unusually distinctive so there is no confusing them. It is very clean simple proportional font. It was designed for people with poor eyesight so gives particularly smooth reading for people with normal eyesight. Most fonts are poorly designed so it is hard to tell the characters iI!|l o0O8¤[]() qg Ww `'‘’ ()[]{} ;,. apart. Tiresias is a special font family designed so that even the visually impaired can distinguish them. It looks like this:

TiresiasScreenFont and Tiresias PCFont Z font samples

If you already have it installed, all the type in this sentence will look similar. It is the default font for my website for non-Windows platforms. I asked the designers to create a monospace variant but they declined.

Tisa This a modern-looking serif font. It is quite readable. You can get it as a web font. Richard Dawkins uses it.
Warnock Pro Opticals These are the Porsches of fonts. I doubt I will ever own them since they are so expensive.

Font Licensing

I have been trying to make sense of the legalese on the font sites and talking with company representatives. I think the basic idea is, you can allow as many people as you please to view your document using the font, but you can’t allow more than 1 to 20 people, depending on the agreement for the particular font, at your site to compose new messages or documents using the font.

As I understand it, you typically can do the following things without needing an extra multi-user licence above and beyond buying the font:

As I understand it, you need an extra multi-user license to do the following things:

Readable Fonts

In Windows, you can increase or decrease the size of fonts universally for all applications, dialog boxes, menus, icon titles etc. click Start ⇒ Settings ⇒ Control Panel ⇒ Display ⇒ Settings ⇒ Advanced ⇒ General ⇒ Font Size. The catch is, if you increase fonts to 120% bigger, some program such as ASO and PadCreator will garble their layouts. You can, of course, lower the screen resolution to get bigger fonts, but that impairs your ability to look at images.

To control the font and size of any individual item such as tooltip, click Start ⇒ Settings ⇒ Control Panel ⇒ Display ⇒ Appearance ⇒ Item. You can then select Active Title Bar, Inactive Title Bar, Palette Title, Message Box, Menu, Selected Item or Icon and set the font and size.

Neither of these techniques will change the font sizes used by applications. For that you need to look to custom ways in each application to customise the fonts and sizes.

Java fonts look terrible because by default they do no antialiasing and ignore the hints. You can improve them with anti-aliasing.

Most fonts don’t support many of the national currency symbols. Tahoma is better than most.


There are three ways to render fonts in Java.
  1. AWT : limited to the 5 Java logical Fonts. Anti-aliasing is controlled by the OS. Easy to program. Rendering is handled by the OS which renders the heavyweight peers associated with each Component. For an example of such rendering see FontShowerAWT.
  2. AWT Canvas: can use all the OS fonts. Can choose programmatically whether you want Anti-aliasing. This is difficult to program since you do all your rendering at the low-level drawString level. For an example of such rendering see com.mindprod.fontshowerawt. AntiAliastedFontedTextArea or FontedTextArea.
  3. Swing: can use all the OS fonts. Easy to program. Rendering the fonts is managed by the Swing runtime on lightweight JComponents. Anti-aliasing is controlled by the OS. For an example of such rendering see FontShower for Swing.

On my Vista machine, configured in the Control Panel to use ClearType anti-aliasing to smooth font edges, under both AWT and Swing I see fonts fully anti-aliased. The only time I see degraded fonts are when I view fonts rendered on an AWT Canvas without anti-alias. Ditto for XP. With an LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) monitor, you want ClearType subpixel anti-aliasing. To turn it on click Start ⇒ Control Panel ⇒ Appearance and Personalization ⇒ Personalization ⇒ Windows color and appearance ⇒ Open classic colour and appearance ⇒ Effects ⇒ ClearType.


A separate matter from anti-aliasing is hinting. PostScript and OpenType fonts include hints on how to render small font sizes. You could think of it in principle as raster versions of the fonts for tiny font sizes. In AWT, the OS renders the fonts using its native facilities for taking hints. In Swing, Java renders the fonts, for all practical purposes ignoring the hints. The result is Swing fonts can look ratty at small point sizes, but quite decent at larger ones.


Antialiasing creates the illusion of crisp smooth edges on rendered type ironically, by fuzzy the edge, by filling in a jagged pixel with a colour intermediate between the colours on either side of the boundary. This anti-aliasing can be done even to a sub-pixel level with the red, green and blue sub pixels on an LCD screen. Fonts that can do this ultra-fine anti-aliasing are called ClearType. To turn on the rendering which makes text crisper by activating the extra rendering effort in Windows:

Here is how to activate ClearType font in Windows XP:

  1. Click Start
  2. Control Panel
  3. Appearance and Themes
  4. Display
  5. Appearance
  6. Effects
  7. Click Use the following method to smooth edges of screen fonts.
  8. Select ClearType in the list.
Here is how to activate ClearType font in Vista:
  1. Start
  2. Control Panel
  3. System and Maintenance
  4. Performance Information and Tools
  5. Adjust Visual Effects (on left)
  6. smooth edges of screen fonts

By default anti-aliasing is on. For some fonts, Vista even supports subpixel anti-aliasing called Clear Type.

Corrupt Fonts

Sometimes fonts will come out too tiny to see. Likely it means you have reversed the last two parameters when you created the font, an error the compiler cannot detect since Font does not use enums, just enumerated int constants.
component.setFont( new Font( "Dialog", 12, Font.BOLD ));

// do this instead:
component.setFont( new Font( "Dialog", Font.BOLD, 12 ));
On Windows, sometimes strange rendering problems are caused by a corrupt font cache. You can simply delete the cache, sacrifice 
del C:\WINNT\System32\fntcache.dat
Other times the problem is a defective font. Before you pull your hair out, check to see if your problems go away if you try one of the standard fonts instead. Defective font problems can manifest in bizarre ways — e.g. cursor offset from where it should be, duplicate rendering and misplaced text.

Bundling Fonts In a Jar

If you want to include custom fonts in your application, you either have to get the customer to install them or employ the following trick to use them directly from a jar. This only works in Swing since AWT components are limited the Java fonts, or the pre-installed fonts if you work at the Canvas level.

Conserving Fonts

Font f = new Font( "Monospaced", Font.PLAIN, 12 )
is a very time consuming operation. Save your Font objects and reuse them rather than creating new ones. See FontSaver to reduce RAM (Random Access Memory) usage by Java fonts.

Having too many fonts installed, (not the same thing as having too many duplicate Font objects), has several drawbacks:

You can use a tool like Adobe Type Manager to rapidly and globally install/uninstall entire constellations of fonts.

Will this character Display?

boolean Font.canDisplay( char );
will let you know if there is a glyph matching a given Unicode character in a given font. Unfortunately, it has a rather lax definition of can display. It will often return true and just display a blob or empty rectangle.

It is up to you to find a font that can display the character you need. Unfortunately, fonts often lie about what glyphs they can display. For example, if you ask them if they can display a euro, they say yes, then display a blob, which in their distorted view of things counts as displaying the character. Technically, canDisplay is supposed to return true for any code point in the range handled by the font, which is not very useful information.

Happily, if you specify a font not installed on the target machine, Java simply reverts to the default font. There is no mechanism similar to CSS or HTML where you can specify a list of fonts in preference order. You have to code that yourself and feed setFont a specific Font.

Changing the Default Fonts

To change the default fonts inside the AWT
Font defaultFont = new Font( "Dialog", Font.PLAIN, 12 );
UIManager.put( "Button.font", new FontUIResource ( defaultFont ) );
You can make similar default font changes to these elements:
Button.font List.font PasswordField.font TableHeader.font ToggleButton.font
Checkbox.font Menu.font PopupMenu.font Text.font ToolBar.font
ColorChooser.font MenuBar.font ProgressBar.font TextArea.font ToolTip.font
ComboBox.font MenuItem.font RadioButton.font TextField.font Tree.font
EditorPane.font OptionPane.font ScrollPane.font TextPane.font  
Label.font Panel.font Table.font TitledBorder.font  
For Swing there is an even more sweeping system of defaults called LAF LAF (Look And Feel). see javax.swing.LookAndFeel and javax.swing.UIDefaults.
Oracle’s Javadoc on LookAndFeel class : available:
Oracle’s Javadoc on UIDefaults class : available:

The approach is to write your own Look & Feel that extends some other one and just overrides a few font-defining methods or colour-defining methods. See this sample code for a writing a derived LAF.

if you want to attempt multi-lingual fonts. Prior to Java version 1.4, I only managed to get Unicode fonts to display properly with NT and Win2K and Internet Explorer. Windows 98 displays accented letters above 255 without the accents.

Font Gotchas


There are an astounding number of fonts available, many free. However, finding what you want is almost impossible. You have to keep wading through thousands of inappropriate choices. The universe is polluted with what I would call spam fonts, fonts you can’t read. They could only be used for a few words. Fonts need to be classified much more finely than now, so I can spend 5 minutes deciding what I want then see only candidates that match well. I should be able to say I want round, square, rounded square, oval, or diamond-shaped capital O. I should be able to select from a dozen basic styles of lower case g. You should be able to specify which characters you need supported, whether you need small caps, varying weights etc. You also need to be able to home in the font you want the way an optometrist homes in on your optimal prescription. It would show you two fonts. You tell it which one looks better. It then homes in. It might even show you ten at a time for faster homing in. You also might handle it like an automated game of twenty questions. Just having fonts rated for legibility would a great help in narrowing the field. A computer person wanting to tackle this problem would need the help of a qualified font designer to specify the various font properties, ieally ones that can be measured mathematically, not requiring human judgement.

A minor rant is the computer fonts. Not a one of them looks like the output of any computer screen or printer I have ever seen. I want computer fonts to realistically simulate the output of actual computers.


book cover recommend book⇒Thinking with Type, 2nd revised and expanded edition: A Critical Guide for Designers, Writers, Editors, & Studentsto book home
by Ellen Lupton 978-1-56898-969-3 paperback
birth 1963 age:53 978-1-61689-045-2 eBook
publisher Princeton Architectural B00JH8H4EG kindle
published 2010-10-06
This is not a font catalog book. It is a book about how to select the right font for the job and about how to design type generally.
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book cover recommend book⇒Logo Font & Lettering Bible: A Comprehensive Guide to the Design, Construction and Usage of Alphabets and Symbolsto book home
by Leslie Cabarga 978-0-7153-1699-3 paperback
birth 1954 age:62 978-1-58180-436-2 hardcover
publisher How Design B00457XCOK kindle
published 2004-03
This is about how to design your own custom fonts and logos.
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book cover recommend book⇒Big Book of 5000 Fonts: (And Where to Get Them)to book home
by David Carter 978-0-8230-0489-8 paperback
publisher Watson-Guptill 978-0-8230-0489-8 hardcover
published 2002-02
also includes websites with free downloadable fonts. Note the publish date. Font books in general tend to be out of date.
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German flag Chapters Indigo Canadian flag
Spanish flag Chapters Indigo eBooks Canadian flag
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French flag abe American flag
French flag Barnes & Noble American flag
Italian flag abe Nook at Barnes & Noble American flag
Italian flag Kobo American flag
India flag Google play American flag
UK flag abe O’Reilly Safari American flag
UK flag Powells American flag
UN flag other stores
Greyed out stores probably do not have the item in stock. Try looking for it with a bookfinder.

Future Fonts

Because displays are becoming ever higher resolution, at some point, we will be able to drop font hinting. Without hinting, it will be much less effort to design fonts.

Fonts will have colours and transparency, just like other images. You could then have a font with little Santa Clauses, in full colour, sitting atop some of the capital letters. You could make the letters look as if they were made of red and green candy cane.

Learning More

Oracle’s Javadoc on Font class : available:
Oracle’s Javadoc on FontMetrics class : available:
Oracle’s Technote Guide on Font Configuration Files : available:

@font-face: downloaded fonts
Adobe Type Manager
Android Roboto Font
beautiful fonts
biometric pica
BitStream MyFonts
browser Fonts: for a list of fonts supported in your browser
Bundled Fonts
Commonly Installed Fonts
coverage fonts
CSS default Fonts
Default CSS Fonts
downloadable Fonts
downloadable fonts in HTML
DPCustomMono2: a proofreading font
dynamic Fonts
Esperanto Fonts free fonts
Fixed Pitch Fonts
Font Bros free fonts
Font Classifications
Font Diner: retro 50s fonts
Font Doctor
font finder student project
Font recogniser
Font Reserve font manager
Font selectors in HTML
Font Stitcher student project
fontlist: display all installed fonts
Fonts in CSS style sheets
FontSaver to reduce RAM usage by Java fonts
FontSeek: search for fonts
FontShower Student Project
FontShower: display fonts in various sizes and colours without and without anti-aliasing
Free Fonts
free Fontspace font ornaments
Globally enabling anti-aliased Fonts
Google free webfonts: work in your website
Google Noto Fonts: available for most of the world’s languages
handwriting font
Hershey Fonts (platform independent and rotatable)
how to install a font in Vista
Identifont: guided font identification
Java Logical Fonts
last resort font
legible fonts
logical Fonts
Luc Devroye’s free font list
Macintosh OS X Fonts
Microsoft bundled Fonts
Monospaced Fonts
Monospaced Programmer Fonts
MS Office and Publisher Fonts
office Fonts
Panose number: a way of classifying fonts
physical Fonts
PostScript Fonts
programmer fonts
Proportional Fonts
Reuters Unicode Test Applet
sans serif Fonts
scalable layouts
Segoe: Microsoft’s branding font
STIX Fonts: scientific and mathematical fonts available 2009-09
Suitcase font manager
Tiresias Fonts
TrueType anti-aliasing
TrueType Fonts
Typekit browser fonts
Vista Fonts
Web Fonts
Webfont browser fonts
WhatTheFont: font recognition service, you provide a scan
Which fonts are bundled with which Microsoft products
Windows XP Fonts common fonts
XP Fonts

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