Type Font Formats

Font formats


.WOFF – Web Open Font Format for Firefox 3.6

Mozilla Firefox has supported WOFF since version 3.6. Microsoft is reportedly “considering” supporting WOFF in Internet Explorer 9.



.DFONT – Datafork TrueType

Datafork TrueType is a font wrapper used on Apple Macintosh computers running Mac OS X. It is a TrueType suitcase with the resource map in the data fork, rather than the resource fork as had been the case in Mac OS 9. It uses the file extension .dfont.

.EOT – Embedded OpenType

Embedded OpenType (EOT) fonts are a compact form of OpenType fonts designed by Microsoft for use as embedded fonts on web pages.

.OTF – Embedded OpenType

Embedded OpenType (EOT) fonts are a compact form of OpenType fonts designed by Microsoft for use as embedded fonts on web pages.

.PFB – Printer Font Binary

Printer Font Binary (PFB) is a binary PostScript font format created by Adobe Systems, usually carrying “.PFB” file name extension. It contains a font’s glyph data.

.PFM – Printer Font Metric

Printer Font Metric (PFM) is a binary version of AFM, usually carrying “.PFM” file name extension. It contains font metric information.


Font format used primarily by Mac OS Classic (Mac OS 9.2.2 and earlier); contains a single TrueType font or collection of fonts; should be stored in the System


W3 standard font


TrueType is an outline font standard originally developed by Apple Computer in the late 1980s as a competitor to Adobe’s Type 1 fonts used in PostScript.


.pfa is ‘Printer Font ASCII’ – a file extension for a Postscript font

.PS – Adobe PostScript fonts

PostScript fonts are outline font specifications developed by Adobe Systems for professional digital typesetting, which uses PostScript file format to encode font information.

.T42 – Type 42 font

TrueType font embedded in PostScript wrapper

.CFF – Compact Font Format

Compact Font Format (also known as CFF font format, Type 2 font format, or CFF/Type 2 font format) is a lossless compaction of the Type 1 format using Type 2 charstrings. It is designed to use less storage space than Type 1 fonts, by using operators with multiple arguments, various pre-defined default values, more efficient allotment of encoding values and shared subroutines within a FontSet (family of fonts).

.AFM – Adobe Font Metrics

An AFM file provides both global metrics for a font program and the metrics of each individual character.

.TTC – TrueType Collection

TrueType Collection (TTC) is an extension of TrueType format that allows combining multiple fonts into a single file, creating substantial space savings for collection of fonts that only use different glyphs on some characters. They were first available in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean versions of Windows, and supported for all regions in Windows 2000 and later.

.PDF – Portable Document Format

pdf is a digital document from adobe, it contains embedded fonts wich can be extracted


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