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Mac OS by Paul McFedries

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23. Managing and Using Fonts

Understanding the Architecture of Characters

Mac OS X has turned many otherwise ordinary citizens into avid amateur typographers. Mac users at cocktail parties the world over are debating the relative merits of serif versus sans serif fonts, expounding the virtues of typefaces with names like Futura and Herculanum, and throwing around font jargon terms such as ascender, feet, and ligature.

Okay, so most of us don’t take fonts to that extreme. However, we certainly appreciate what they do to jazz up our reports, spreadsheets, and graphics. There’s nothing like a well-chosen font to add just the right tone to a document and to make our work stand out from the herd.

This chapter shows you how Mac OS X and fonts work ...

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