hinting

Indices : Terminology : Hinting

Hinting, more accurately called instructing, is a method of specifying how digital fonts display at small sizes on low-resolution devices, usually for on-screen usage. This is accomplished by providing instructions in the font file that define which pixels are turned on when producing bitmap images.

Discussion:
Generating TT OpenType Fonts
Wonky hinting
To autohint, or NOT to autohint...
Hints, good or bad? Is it really needed?
When is the better time to hint?
Legend of Raster: Glyph's Quest for Pixel Solace
Who else wants to understand hinting?

Technical Discussion:
John Hudson on autohinting TTF fonts from FontLab in Trying out Typekit

Additional Articles:
TrueType Hinting
Microsoft: The raster tragedy at low resolution
or: why correct math looks wrong on screen and how to fix it

Microsoft: Hinting Tutorial
Typotheque: Font hinting by Peter Biľak

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