Understanding Differences Between Font Formats
Once you start downloading fonts, you'll soon notice that there are often more than one kind of font format included. Fonts can be confusing since there are so many different font types. Once you've finally got over the most difficult thing, actually choosing a font, you're slammed with another decision immediately. How can you decide which format you should download? Well, the first step is understanding the different types of fonts. The differences between font formats can get pretty technical, so we'll just keep this as a simple guide. There are three different kinds of font formats - bitmapped, stroke, and outlined. Bitmapped fonts have pretty much fallen out of favor, since they aren't scalable, but outlined fonts are. Stroke fonts use a series of lines to define the size and shape of the lines in the specific face which will together create the appearance of the particular glyph. Bitmapped fonts are raster and outlined fonts are vector using Bézier curves. All the font formats that we'll talk about are outline font formats. Four of the most commonly talked about font formats are PostScript, TrueType, OpenType, and Web Open Font Format.