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Helvetica and Times Roman Font Substitutions in Windows 3.00

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Microsoft Windows version 3.0 recognizes six different font familynames. These font family names are:

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  • Decorative
  • Modern
  • Roman
  • Script
  • Swiss
When you select a font in Windows, Windows attempts to use a screenfont of the same family for display and printing. The printer fontname and the screen font name may be different, although the printedoutput does appear the same as the font on the screen.
This is because both fonts belong to the same font family. Thefollowing is a list of fonts that belong to the same font family:
Font Family     Bitstream    Canon    Adobe        HP-----------     ---------    -----    -----        --Swiss (Helv)    Swiss        Swiss    Helvetica    UniverseRoman (Tms Rmn) Dutch        Dutch    Times Roman  CG Times				
An example where this might cause some confusion is if you type thefont name Helvetica in a Windows applications printing to aHewlett-Packard (HP) LaserJet III and the printed output resemblesHelvetica even though Helvetica is not a font supported on thisprinter. This behavior occurs because the driver interprets therequest for Helvetica and selects Universe on the printer.

There are similar fonts with different names because thesefont names are copyrighted. Windows uses the Helv font name for Swissfamily screen fonts and the Tms Rmn font name for Roman family screenfonts.
"Microsoft Windows Software Development Kit," Reference -- Volume 1,pages 2-29, 2-30, and 2-36 to 2-39.
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Article ID: 68536 - Last Review: 12/04/2015 09:06:07 - Revision: 3.0

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