Scalable Versus Bitmapped Fonts
Scalable Versus Bitmapped Fonts

Scalable Versus Bitmapped Fonts

For scalable fonts, setting the height and width equally produces characters that appear the most balanced. Balanced characters are pleasing to the eye because actual height and width are approximately equal to each other. This is achieved through the use of a smooth-scaling algorithm in the printer.
For bitmapped fonts, this balancing is built into the font. In actuality, the height of a bitmap font is slightly larger than the width. Bitmap fonts are always at the maximum size of the character’s cell.