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Monotype fonts in Windows 95

Thirteen Monotype TrueType fonts are included as the core fonts in Windows 95. The fonts have been remanufactured and enhanced to support Central and Eastern European languages, as well as Turkish, Greek and Cyrillic alphabets. Development of the Windows 95 fonts began in early 1994 and caused the relocation of four Monotype engineers from England to Microsoft's Redmond campus. With the completion of the Windows 95 fonts, development has shifted to the production of additional non-Latin fonts for further localized versions of Windows 95.

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Agfa fonts meet Chinese-mandated standards

Agfa Monotype Corporation, a provider of fonts and font technologies worldwide, will be able to distribute two of its multilingual fonts within the People's Republic of China (PRC). Two Chinese-based standards groups -- the Committee on Information Technology Standards and the State Language Committee -- have approved the two Chinese fonts, Hei Bold and Sung Light.

The fonts are from Agfa Monotype's WorldType multilingual font library and include full support for the Chinese character set standard, GB 18030. The PRC government requires that any language-related software applications introduced into the Chinese marketplace support all characters in the GB 18030 standard according to PRC guidelines.

In 2000, the GB 18030 Chinese character-encoding standard was introduced into the Unicode worldwide character-encoding standard. GB stands for Guojia Biaozhun, Chinese for ”national standard.” GB 18030 can contain up to 1.6 million characters supporting one-, two- or four-byte characters. Languages include Mongolian, Tibetan, Yi and Uyghur. Chinese scripts are also supported. Agfa Monotype is now working toward the approval of more fonts from its WorldType library.

Agfa Monotype supports stroke-based fonts for iType Font Subsystem

Agfa Monotype Corporation, a developer of fonts and font technologies, has added support for Asian stroke-based fonts for Japanese, Chinese and Korean languages to its iType font rendering technology. iType is an embedded font rendering subsystem for manufacturers of memory-constrained devices such as set-up boxes, cell phones and PDAs (personal digital assistants). iType is a highly compact, extremely portable font scaling technology that allows for the generation of characters at virtually any point size. By integrating iType in memory-constrained environments, OEMs are able to build products that can quickly generate high-quality text for on-screen displays.

Agfa Monotype's fully scalable stroke-based fonts consist of composite strokes or ”graphemes” -- simple shapes used repeatedly to build complex Asian characters. Graphemes offer significant storage savings, since the same graphemes are used to construct the various characters that can add up to thousands in a single font. Another storage advantage lies in the technology's simplicity: half the number of points is needed to render characters. While a standard GB2312 Simplified Chinese TrueType font with 7,663 characters is about 2.7 MB, Agfa Monotype's stroke font equivalent is under 300 KB. Agfa Monotype's stroke-based fonts are both native and Unicode-encoded and are available for Simplified and Traditional Chinese, Japanese and Korean languages.

ITC offers Custom Font Services

International Typeface Corporation (ITC), a provider of classic and innovative typeface designs, announced that it will offer Custom Font Services to its customers. ITC's new program provides corporate brand identity and custom typeface solutions to both large and small organizations.

The combination of ITC's and Agfa Monotype's extensive type libraries and the design and technical skills at Agfa Monotype creates a font design capability suited to support corporate branding initiatives. ITC's Custom Font Services program helps customers address typical problem areas such as multilingual character sets, cross platform font compatibility, on-screen rendering issues and licensing restrictions.

”The custom font design capabilities now available to ITC customers open up a world of possibilities for distinctive corporate branding and reduce the complexities of corporate font licensing,” said Robert M. Givens, president of ITC. ”ITC now offers a breadth of design and technical services and access to the expansive Agfa Monotype library of over 7000 fonts. ITC's Custom Font Services empower branding professionals to create unique and distinct brand identities.”

Agfa Monotype offers new multilingual fonts; adds staff

Agfa Monotype, a provider of fonts and font technologies, announced that it has added a number of Indic typeface designs to its WorldType multilingual typeface library. A total of 60 new typeface designs have been added across the nine major Indic scripts (Devanagari, Bengali, Tamil, Telugu, Gujerati, Gurmukhi, Kannada, Malayalam and Oriya).

Unicode has made it possible to represent text from all major Indian languages in a standard code. Either single font modules that contain all the required language support or multiple font modules each containing specific scripts can be ”plugged-in” to a product to provide globalized support.

Agfa Monotype also announced that it has added a new designer to its typographic engineering team. Carl Crossgrove will be working at Agfa Monotype's Palo Alto, California, type-design office. Crossgrove has contracted with Agfa Monotype to create many custom typeface designs including Greek and Cyrillic sans serif designs for Agilent Technologies.

Quantel licenses 16 Agfa Monotype typefaces

Quantel, a provider of digital graphics solutions for the broadcast and post-production markets, has recently entered into a license agreement with Agfa Monotype for the inclusion of 16 Chinese typefaces in their Asian product range. ”Quantel came to us with a request for a number of Chinese typefaces encoded according to the Unicode standard,” said Agfa Monotype's non-Latin project leader Ian Bezer. ”As a member of the Unicode consortium, we had the necessary expertise to turn this request into reality.” The fonts are in both Traditional and Simplified Chinese character sets, allowing the typefaces to be offered to all Chinese-speaking markets.

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