Digital Typefaces: Description and Formats by Peter Karow

By Peter Karow

Summary his booklet was once written basically for those who intend or desire to increase new machines for the output of typefaces. it truly is functional to categorize gear into 3 teams for which electronic alphabets are required - 1) demonstrate units, 2) typesetting machines and three) numerically managed (NC) machines. earlier, improvement of typefaces has been overly established upon the layout of the respective desktop on which it used to be for use. This needn't be the case. Digitization of style may be undertaken in steps: the education of a database utilizing hand-digitization, and the next computerized new release of desktop codecs through delicate­ scanning, by utilizing a computer-based software. electronic codecs for typefaces are splendid to approach­ atic ordering, as are coding ideas. during this quantity, a variety of codecs are investigated, their homes mentioned and rela­ tive creation requisites analyzed. Appendices offer readers additional info, mostly on electronic codecs for typeface garage brought via the IKARUS approach. This ebook was once composed in Latino kind, constructed through Hermann Zapf from his Melior for URW in 1990. Compo­ sition used to be comprehensive on a Linotronic three hundred, in addition to on an Agfa 9400 typesetter utilizing PostScript. v Preface Preface his e-book used to be introduced out through URW Publishers in 1986 with the name «Digital codecs for Typefaces;). It used to be translated into English in 1987, eastern in 1989 and French in 1991.

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16 NC machines and oscillographs execute movements in theX and Y directions simultaneously. 20 2nd point Path segment inY 1st point Path segment in X X On the other hand, visual display devices and typesetting machines generate lines parallel or perpendicular to the writing direction, moving forward line by line across the screen or film. No matter what technique is used, machines in all their groups can describe a surface by generating the appropriate signals in the x and y directions. 3. Displayoftypefaces The point of greatest interest to us is what the machines write and how the results appear.

01 G) Visual display devices Graphics with gray tones Fig. 22 Graphic display terminal with gray level display that the con of lO 12 \\" r( lrt olle fr m e. with uch a 27 3. Display of typefaces Television Analogue display The type seen on normal TV screen usually comes from two sources, either a TV camera focused directly on two-dimensional typographic copy: Fig. 23 TV representation of type, filmed from a display board C 123456. I . 1 or the type is produced using a typesetter-like processor and mixed into the analog video signal.

Standard resolutions are upward of approximately 2lines/mm or 50 lines/inch. Visual display devices Digital representation Fig. ,. _ ..... bl. awl. I. t t. • 1. 1 ~ Is. r. 29 3. -Ing. RudolfHell invented the electronic typesetting machine. 30 Typesetting machines, as referred to in this book, include: matrix printers, electrostatic printers, laser printers, microfilm devices, CRT machines, laser film recorders and other less widely used printing machines. The term «typesetting machine» is traditionally used in a more limited context.

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