Scalable font

Updated: 04/26/2017 by Computer Hope

Alternatively referred to as a vector font or font scaling, a scalable font is capable of being increased in size without any degradation in the quality. Unlike bit-mapped fonts, scalable fonts may be manipulated to generate characters of variable sizes without the use of a new file or set of characters. These fonts are stored as a series of mathematical expressions that define the curves and lines of the characters.

Scalable font vs. bit-mapped font

As can be seen in the example above, zooming in on the "Computer Hope" font causes no degradation in the quality when scalable, whereas the bit-mapped font becomes quite pixelated.

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