AFDKO

Adobe Font Developer Kit for OpenType. A suite of tools for generating OpenType fonts.

AGL

Adobe Glyph List. This list documents all glyph names used in Adobe’s pre-Unicode fonts.

This includes afii-names for cyrillic glyphs, etc.

AGLNF

Adobe Glyph List For New Fonts. This list is Adobe’s recommendation for new fonts.

Glyph names which are not included in this list should follow a uniXXXX syntax.

API

Application Programming Interface

BCP

Short for Bézier Control Point.

Git

A version control system for tracking changes in computer files and coordinating work on those files among multiple developers.

OpenType

An extension to the TrueType sfnt font format that allows for either TrueType or Postscript outlines to be used.

It can include OpenType Layout tables for advanced typographic features, color font formats, and variations. The format is developed jointly by Microsoft and Adobe. The official specification is available here.

OpenType fonts

PostScript

PostScript fonts

Font files encoded in outline font specifications for the PostScript digital typesetting system, developed by Adobe.

RoboFab

A Python library with objects that deal with data usually associated with fonts and type design.

Supports the UFO font format.

RoboFog

TrueType

UFO

Unified Font Object. A cross-platform, cross-application, human-readable, future-proof format for storing font data.

VFB

FontLab’s binary format for font sources.

WOFF

Web Open Font Format. A container format for webfonts.

WOFF2

anchor

bézier

character

A unit of written language: something you type in a text editor.

Characters live in digital files. Each character is represented as a number, according to a given encoding scheme.

character set

A list of glyph names, in a particular order.

Used to define which glyphs should be included in a font, and which languages are supported.

designspace

encoding

The mapping of characters to numbers or codepoints, according to a particular encoding scheme. Used to store text digitally.

font

The physical embodiment of a typeface for a particular typographic technology.

A font can be a case of metal pieces, a photographic film, a computer file.

font math

glyph

A visual representation of a character: something you draw in a font editor.

Glyphs live inside fonts, and each glyph has a name.

hinting

interpolation

master

pythonic

transformation matrix

typeface

A collection of shapes representing letters, numbers, punctuation characters, various symbols, etc.

vanilla

A Python library for creating native OS X user interfaces.

Last edited on 11/12/2017