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Old 02-05-2005, 10:42 AM   #1
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Default Universal font classification scheme

Take a look at the “Type-Expertise Universal Font Classification System” white paper if you interested in this topic.

Type-Expertise has come up with a database scheme (patent-pending) that is meant to accommodate the roughly 50,000 fonts in existence today (up from 10,000 two decades ago, according to the white paper), as well as any number that may be released in the future. It attempts to meet the needs of users, type designers, font vendors, and application and OS developers.

The French organizers say this about their proposal:
It is a global, inter-connected network of information that constantly enriches itself from the changing knowledge and font practices of every participating font user.
Interesting. They do not mention the PANOSE System developed in the 1980s by Benjamin Bauermeister, but I wonder how that compares to this one. It too is fairly extensible.

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