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 bitmapped 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 bitmapped font becomes quite pixelated.

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