An Improved Representation for Stroke-based Fonts

    •  Jakubiak, E.J., Perry, R.N., Frisken, S.F., "An Improved Representation for Stroke-based Fonts", ACM SIGGRAPH, ISBN: 1-59593-364-6, July 2006.
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      • @inproceedings{Jakubiak2006jul,
      • author = {Jakubiak, E.J. and Perry, R.N. and Frisken, S.F.},
      • title = {An Improved Representation for Stroke-based Fonts},
      • booktitle = {ACM SIGGRAPH},
      • year = 2006,
      • month = jul,
      • isbn = {1-59593-364-6},
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      • }
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Figure 3. By combining A) a single stroke path with B) various stroke profiles, and C) various stroke ends, a rich variety of typefaces D) can be represented using very little memory. Because stroke profiles and stroke ends are repeated among glyphs both within and across typefaces, enhancing stroke-based fonts to represent multiple, expressive typefaces only requires an additional 80 KBs over the 250 KBs required for stroke-based Asian fonts.

Because a typical Asian typeface can consist of more than 12,000 glyphs, traditional scalable outline-based fonts require ~5-10 MBs of memory. This requirement is particularly problematic in mobile devices (e.g. cell phones and PDAs) and embedded systems (e.g. car navigation systems)where memory is at a premium. Existing commercial solutions (e.g. by Bitstream and Monotype Imaging) represent glyphs using simplified uniform-width strokes. However, these light-weigh (~250 KBs) stroke-based fonts lack the detail, expressiveness, and variety needed for optimal legibility and true cultural acceptance (Figure 1). Although METAFONT [Knuth 1986] is stroke-based and provides sufficient detail and expressiveness, it requires the type designer to be proficient in mathematics, rasterization and programming.