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Monotype Imaging is a leading provider of advanced font products specializing in font technologies, type design, multilingual font development & licensing and software development for mobile phones. The Monotype Imaging team is renowned for its TrueType and OpenType font expertise, and can tune fonts for on-screen legibility in Microsoft Windows as well as Digital TV, Set Top Boxes, Mobile Phones, Game Consoles, Embedded Systems, Consumer Electronics and other devices.


A tribute to Harold Berliner, printer, district attorney and good friend.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Harold Berliner passed away this last weekend at the age of 86. Harold was a good friend of the Ascender team - we first got to know Harold almost 20 years ago when he had a wonderful letterpress printing and typecasting operation that produced many fine books and broadside posters.

We hope to put together a collection of our thoughts and stories in the coming days.... in the meantime our thoughts and prayers to out to Harold's family.

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Web Fonts in the news: WOFF and the W3C

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Recently the W3C announced that the WOFF (Web Open Font Format) was published as a submission. This is an important development in the evolution of Webfonts, as WOFF was conceived as a new interoperable web font format. The W3C has a a Web Fonts Working group that is focused on standardizing on WOFF for Webfonts.

One of the main benefits of WOFF is that it repackages a TrueType or OpenType desktop font with lossless file compression to reduce latency, and also allows for meta data to be included in the package.

The Web Fonts service from Ascender provides support for WOFF - it is automatically delivered to web browsers like Firefox 3.6+

As other web browsers add support for WOFF, we will update our Web Fonts service and subscribers to our service will get instant support without having to do a thing to stay current with web browsers as they evolve and improve.

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Web Fonts - new service launched by Ascender

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Ascender is pleased to announce its new Web Fonts service for web designers and developers. Web Fonts from Ascender gives designers a broad array of high quality typefaces to enhance the typographic appearance of their websites.

Web Fonts from Ascender uses real downloadable fonts formatted for use with the CSS @font-face rule to comply with W3C standards. No more text image replacement, JavaScript, or Flash required!

Read the press release, or visit the AscenderFonts.com website to learn more.

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Saving money with the right font

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

How often do you hit "Print" when reading an email or a web site? Believe it or not you can save money on your ink/toner and paper costs by changing the font. An article on MSN-CNET pointed out a study conducted by Printer.com and how some fonts use less ink/toner than others.

Of course there are a lot of other factors that should be considered, such as the readability of the font, its size, and its width (how economical it is space-wise).

It seems the font Century Gothic received top honors because of its minimum use of ink/toner. Other fonts like Times New Roman and Calibri are at the top of the list.

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