Quality enhancements of digital outline fonts

Ariel Shamir, Ari Rappoport*

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Digital fonts are easily available today and their use has become widespread. Nevertheless, the visual quality of printed and displayed text and the technical quality of digital typefaces are often unsatisfactory. The foremost reason for this situation is that font manufacturing systems manipulate font representations through low-level operations. In this paper we examine several aspects of font quality, and present a method for enhancing the quality of a typeface given in today's standard representation, the outline (boundary) representation. The method is based on the usage of high-level typographic features, and includes enhancements to both individual glyphs and complete fonts. Glyph enhancements include elimination of redundant points, insertion of essential points, corrections to contour orientations and inter-penetrations, and vertical and horizontal coherence. Font enhancements include regularization of font weights and sizes, serif unification, and feature extraction and discrimination. Our method is comprised of several algorithms that have been implemented in a commercial font manufacturing system, achieving enhanced quality of the fonts produced.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)713-725
Number of pages13
JournalComputers and Graphics (Pergamon)
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1997


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