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Linux.com: Graphite: Smart Font Technology Comes to FOSS

Mar 30, 2006, 07:45 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Byfield)

"Smart font technology, which automatically inserts advanced typographical features in the right context, has existed for a decade, but it is still only partly implemented in most operating systems and programs. Now, a project called Graphite is not only introducing smart font technology to GNU/Linux, but offering it in a form more advanced than any previous implementations. For typographically straightforward languages like English, Graphite delivers a higher level of sophistication in document design without any effort by the user. However, for non-European languages, Graphite's smart font technology is even more important, because it simplifies their use on computers.

"The best-known examples of smart font technologies are the proprietary OpenType, developed by Microsoft and Adobe, and Advanced Apple Technology..."

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