Pure Java font rendering
We are building a pure Java™ font-rendering technology -
targetted at J2ME, Personal Java and Java 1.1
This supports anti-aliasing, hinting, kerning,
background blending, variable-strength emboldening,
italicising and condensing - and will allow access
to a range of TrueType™
While our product is not yet complete, we are making
available some demonstration applets - to give an indication
of the current state of play:
There are three main projects associated with our font renderer:
We are hoping to be able to render high quality
displays at small point sizes from within a small
By sticking to 100% Java we expect to attain maximal
portability. We plan to allow developers to target the full
range of Java platforms using the same font-rendering
We will be avoiding using floating point
code in the renderer - to accomodate J2ME profiles
which lack floating point support, and to get maximum
speed on StrongARM processors - which typically lack
hardware floating point units.
Our renderer allows for automated generation of fully-
hinted bold, italic and condensed glyphs - allowing factors
such as weight, angle and aspect ratio to be controlled for
This is an open source project.
The code is not copyrighted, but is instead placed into the public domain.
This is spelled out in more detail here.
The motivation behind this sort of license is described here.
There are some more details relating to the operation of the font renderer here.
If you'd like to join in with development - or have support
enquiries - you should get in touch with Tim - e.g. here.
Download source code
A snapshot of the project's source code is available here.
Font editor links
TrueType is a registered trademark of Apple Computer, Inc.
Java is a registered trademark of Sun Microsystems.
Sun Microsystems and Apple Computer are also a registered trademarks.
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