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Perceptually-Tuned Grayscale Characters based on Parametrisable Component Fonts

C. Hu, R.D. Hersch

Proc. Int'l Conf on Digital Documents and Electronic Publishing (DDEP 2000), publ. in Digital Documents: Systems and Principles, LNCS 2023, Springer, 2004, 69-76

Our component-based parametrisable font system is a newly developed font description and reproduction technology. It incorporates for each basic character shape a software method responsible for the synthesis of an instance of that character. A given font is synthesized by providing appropriate font parameters to these character synthesis methods. Numerous concrete fonts can be derived by simply varying the parameters. Such variations offer high flexibility for synthesizing derived fonts (variations in condensation, weight and contrast) and enable saving a considerable amount of storage space. This paper shows that with component-based parametrisable fonts, high quality perceptually-tuned grayscale characters can be generated without requiring hinting information. Generating perceptually-tuned grayscale characters with parametrized component-based fonts consists in automatically adapting the phase of some of the character's parameters in respect to the underlying grid and in ensuring that thin character parts are strong enough not to disappear (weight-control). The presented method is especially powerful for generating high-quality characters on LCD displays (cellular phones, pen-computers, electronic books, etc..).

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