TTF Hinting for a @font-face

Ramiro Espinoza's picture

Hi there,

I would like to ask the experts around here what level of TTF hinting a font should need to have in order to be a good performer as webfon (and please do not tell me 'as much as possible' :) ).

Specifically I would like to know what tasks should be done after converting PS hints to instructions or on top of auto TTF hinting.
(or maybe well done auto TTF in Fontlab or AFDK is enough?).

Thanks in advance.

John Hudson's picture

Hinting is a design process, so this question cannot be answered without first knowing for what kind of typeface and how that typeface is intended to be used, e.g. at what sizes.

Rob O. Font's picture

As the world has turned, there is little in the way of "intended use" that effects what a font developer can do to improve the appearance of an existing font on the web. There is no difference in the hints one adds for a display face vs an agate design, pretty much regardless of what kind of typeface it is.

Ramiro Espinoza's picture

Thanks for the answers.

My question aim to the fact that I always knew that good perfomance in screen was equivalent to high level TT hinting. Well, as we all know this work was in the hand of a limited group of people and the amount of hours was considerable to have something as good as 'Verdana'.

Well, now we see foundries releasing fonts to be used in browsers by means of @font-face linking.

Since I suspect these new fonts are not hinted to the level of Verdana, what sort of optimizations is being used or what not-so-deep level of hinting is now considered acceptable for 'webfonts'?

dezcom's picture

Much that is good about Verdana has to do with it being designed to accommodate the pixel grid at small sizes.

John Hudson's picture

David: As the world has turned, there is little in the way of "intended use" that effects what a font developer can do to improve the appearance of an existing font on the web.

True. But as the world has turned, there is also a lot in the way of intended use that a font developer might not bother to do because it wouldn't improve the appearance of an existing font on the web anyway.

MaximT's picture

Ramiro,
You might want to talk to my friend Irina, who belongs to the "limited group of people" that spent quite a lot of time doing font hinting/instruction.

http://flavors.me/fontworks

John Hudson's picture

a limited group of people

As someone said to me at TypeCon: ‘There are only five master TT hinters in the world, and three of them are David Berlow.’

Rob O. Font's picture

Part of the propaganda show from slow moving/thinking T1 afflictionados, fatted on the crutches of high resolution and not responsible for much more than experimental readership values, no doubt.

twardoch's picture

Here's my tutorial on TrueType autohinting using FontLab Studio:

http://sites.twardoch.com/typography/font-tech/

Adam

Bert Vanderveen's picture

Adam,

I could not find an email address (or a means to email thru Typophile — didn’t that exist at a time?), so please excuse me for posting this here:

Some links on your site don’t function, eg
http://steroids.fontlab.net/

Maybe you should look into that.

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