Updated 2006-01-31 00:55:39

A font is a mapping from characters to glyphs. Your handwriting style could well be considered to be a (very, very complex) font, though the term is more generally used for cases where the mapping is more clearly defined, such as in printing or displaying text on a computer screen.

There are vast numbers of fonts available for computers, but it is probably a good idea not to use very many within any one project.

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Category Concept | Category Characters | Characters, glyphs, code-points, and byte-sequences