Module: Type Technology
Type technology includes machine set metal type, phototype, type for mobile devices and font formats such as OpenType. Typography has always been tied to technology – even Gutenberg’s type was based on a technological breakthrough. This module provides insight into the technology of type from 1450 to tomorrow.
Defined by Microsoft, WGL (Windows Glyph List) is a pan-European character set. The WGL character set can contain 652 characters and supports Western, Central and Eastern European languages. These fonts are logical for organizations operating in multiple countries, particularly in European nations.
OpenType is the latest innovation in font technology, and it has much to offer: cross-platform compatibility, the potential for vastly expanded character sets, plus a built-in “brain” that keeps track of all those extra characters for you. Here’s what you need to know before diving in.