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OpenType (OTF) vs TrueType (TTF)

By: Karthik Gupta in React-Native Tutorials on 2023-04-13  

Both OpenType (OTF) and TrueType (TTF) are widely used font formats, and both have their own advantages and disadvantages.

Here are some of the pros and cons of using each format:

OpenType (OTF):

  • Supports a wide range of languages and character sets, including advanced typographic features such as ligatures and contextual alternates.
  • Can store more information about a font, such as multiple sets of glyphs and OpenType-specific tables, which allows for more advanced typography.
  • Generally smaller file sizes compared to TTF.
  • Can be used on both Mac and Windows platforms.

TrueType (TTF):

  • Wider compatibility with older software, as it has been around for longer than OTF.
  • Can be used on both Mac and Windows platforms.
  • Generally easier to convert between font formats.
  • Fewer compatibility issues between different software and operating systems.

In general, it is recommended to choose the font format that best suits your specific needs and requirements. Both formats have their own strengths and weaknesses, and the choice between them depends on factors such as language support, advanced typographic features, and compatibility with different software and platforms.

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