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21 Which font will my screen/printer use if different types are present? (Macintosh system software)




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This article is from the Macintosh system software FAQ, by Elliotte Harold elharo@shock.njit.edu with numerous contributions by others.

21 Which font will my screen/printer use if different types are present? (Macintosh system software)

For screen display a Mac first looks for a bitmap font with the
appropriate name in the appropriate size. If it finds it, it uses
it. If you're running System 7 or have installed the TrueType init
in System 6, your Mac then looks for the the appropriate TrueType
font. If it can't find the TrueType font and ATM is installed,
it then looks for the appropriate PostScript outline font. As a
penultimate resort your Mac will scale a bitmap font to the needed
size. Finally, if all else fails and the Mac simply cannot find
any member of the requested family, then the display will use the
default font, Geneva on U.S. systems, possibly something else on
international systems.

On a QuickDraw printer (ImageWriter, DeskWriter, StyleWriter,
etc.) the Mac normally looks for fonts in the same order it does
for the screen. However on some printers in some modes it may
look for a larger size of the requested font so it can scale
the font down to match the higher resolution of the printer.

A PostScript printer looks for fonts in a different order. First
it looks for a PostScript outline font on the printer's hard drive
(if any). Then it looks for the font in the printer's ROM. Then it
looks for the PostScript font on the computer's hard disk. If the
printer can't find an appropriate PostScript outline font, then it
will use a TrueType font. If it can't find the TrueType font,
it looks for a bitmap of the font. Finally if it can't find
any version of the font anywhere, it substitutes Courier with
predictably horrible results.

 

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