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Definition: font generator

Software that converts an outline font into a bitmap (dot pattern required for a particular font size). Font generation is not linear, simply expanding a letter to any size. As fonts get bigger, their characteristics must change in order to make them attractive.

Font generation is used to create bitmapped fonts, which are fully generated and stored on disk before use. Contrast with font scaler, which generates the font in any point size the instant it is needed for display or printing.