Behind the painstaking process of creating Chinese computer fonts

Making the computer accessible to another sixth of the world population took years simply because of a font. One of the problems the Sinotype III font’s creators encountered while digitizing thousands of Chinese characters was conveying the many conventions of handwritten Chinese, like entrance strokes, stroke tapering, and exit strokes. Each character was mapped out individually on paper and edited for symmetry and flow before being recreated digitally on a bitmap (a grid of pixels used to store images digitally), even if some characters had similar base components. Read full article here


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