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1 - A Font Overview

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Arguably the most important bit of graphics on the eBookMan is the text display. The clearest list or button is almost completely useless without text, and so it's appropriate we talk about the ins and outs of ebm fonts in this article.

Fonts fall roughly into two groups, vector or bitmap. Vector fonts (such as Windows' TrueType) use some form of description or calculation that involves physically drawing each character (such as commands for line and curve drawing, filling, etc). Bitmaps are generally just copied from one place to another to draw a letter. Besides being faster and using less processor time (significant on a handheld), they have the benefit of being better suited to small font sizes, which is always a problem with vector fonts.

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