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Font technical notes

This page offers an index of technical font documentation.

Note: For technical notes about Adobe® Acrobat® and Adobe PDF font topics, such as ToUnicode tables and Widths-only fonts, see Advanced Acrobat/PDF technical documentation.

Documentation is available in the following areas:

Specifications

Adobe Type 1 Font Format (PDF: 445k)

Type 1 Font Format Supplement #5015 (PDF: 188k)
(supersedes #5047 and #5086)
5/15/94

Adobe Font Metrics File Format Specificationt #5004 (PDF: 238k)
Version 4.1
10/16/95

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Glyph Bitmap Distribution Format (BDF) Specification #5005 (PDF: 103k)
Version 2.2
3/22/93

Adobe Binary Screen Font Files Specification #5006 (PDF: 41k)
Version 2.0
3/31/92

The Type 42 Font Format Specification #5012 (PDF: 160k)
7/31/98

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Adobe Standard Cyrillic Font Specification #5013 (PDF: 336k)
2/18/98

Sonata® Font Design Specification #5045 (PDF: 39k)
3/31/92

The Compact Font Format Specification #5176 (PDF: 510k)
12/04/03

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The Type 2 Charstring Format #5177 (PDF: 183k)
3/16/00

CID-Keyed sfnt Font File Format for the Macintosh, version 2.0 #5180 (PDF: 186k)
2/12/97

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General font issues

Macintosh FOND Resources #0091 (PDF: 105k)
3/31/92

Supporting Downloadable PostScript® Language Fonts #5040 (PDF: 87k)
3/31/92

The StemSnap Hint Operator for Type 1 Font Programs #5049 (PDF: 33k)
3/31/92

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Supporting Fonts in the PostScript Language Environment #5075 (PDF: 125k)
3/31/92

Font Naming Issues #5088 (PDF: 182k)
4/12/93

Glyph Naming
#5089 12/17/98
Superseded - see Unicode and Glyph Names

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Adobe Font Name Reference Table #5090 (PDF: 469k)
1/29/98

Designing Multiple Master Typefaces #5091 (PDF: 3.4M)
9/07/95

Bar Code Font Vendor List #5096 (PDF: 27k)
09/25/98

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PostScript 3 Core Font Set Overview #5609 (PDF: 31k)
10/09/97

Font Embedding Guidelines

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CJK /CID-keyed fonts

Adobe CMap and CID Font Files Specification #5014 (PDF: 525k)
Version 1.0
10/08/96

Adobe-Japan1-6 Character Collection for CID-Keyed Fonts #5078 (PDF: 7.38M)

6/11/04

Adobe-GB1-4 Character Collection for CID-Keyed Fonts #5079 (PDF: 14M)
11/30/00
Describes the Adobe-GB1-4 character collection that supports the Chinese GB 2312-80, GB 1988-89, GB/T 12345-90, GB 13000.1-93, and GB 18030-2000 character set standards.

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Adobe-CNS1-4 Character Collection for CID-Keyed Fonts #5080 (PDF: 8.5M)
5/27/03
The purpose of this Traditional Chinese character collection is to provide support for the Big Five and CNS 11643-1992 character set standards.

CID-Keyed Font Technology Overview #5092 (PDF: 112k)
9/12/94

Adobe-Korea1-2 Character Collection for CID-Keyed Fonts #5093 (PDF: 5.98M)
5/27/03
Adobe-Korea1-2 provides support for the KS X 1001:1992 (formerly KS C 5601-1992) and KS X 1003:1993 (formerly KS C 5636) character set standards, and select corporate variations thereof.

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Adobe CJK Character Collections and CMaps for CID-Keyed Fonts #5094 (PDF: 154k)
6/11/04
Explains the character sets and encodings supported by the various Character Collections and CMap files provided by Adobe.

Adobe-Japan2-0 Character Collection for CID-Keyed Fonts #5097 (PDF: 2.72M)
5/27/03
Provides support for the JIS X 0212-1990 character set standard.

Building CMap Files for CID-Keyed Fonts #5099 (PDF: 284k)
10/14/98

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CID-Keyed Font Installation for PostScript File Systems #5174 (PDF: 37k)
8/96
Describes how to install CID-keyed fonts and the CID Support Library (CSL) files into PostScript language file systems.

CID-Keyed Font Installation for ATM™ Software #5175 (PDF: 62k)
3/18/98
Describes how to install CID-keyed fonts for use with ATM software for both Macintosh and Windows.

Building PFM Files for PostScript-Language CJK Fonts #5178 (PDF: 143k)
1/10/97
Explains how to build Printer Font Metrics (PFM) files for PostScript language CJK fonts (both OCF and CID-keyed). This document is not a file format specification (which is available from Microsoft), and it does not specifically address building PFM files for Roman fonts.

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CID-Keyed sfnt Font File Format for the Macintosh, version 2.0 #5180 (PDF: 186k)
2/12/97

Application Support for PostScript CJK Fonts #5640 (PDF: 175k)
12/15/97

Enabling PDF Font Embedding for CID-Keyed Fonts #5641 (PDF: 48k)
7/07/98

SING Glyphlet Production: Tips, Tricks & Techniques #5148 (PDF: 318k)
08/02/06

OpenType-CID/CFF CJK Fonts: 'name' Table Tutorial #5149 (PDF: 117k)
09/08/05

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PDF core font information

Font Metrics for PDF Core 14 Fonts
Mac (SIT/HQX: 175k)
Win (ZIP: 125k)
Unix (TAR: 640k)

CMaps for PDF CJK Fonts
Chinese Simplified (ZIP: 348k)
Chinese Traditional (ZIP: 372k)
Japanese (ZIP: 228k)
Korean (ZIP: 252k)

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