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Typographer’s Glossary

Typeface: FF Clifford

Here’s a glossary of common type terminology, which along with the FAQs may answer many font related questions. If the information you need isn’t here, call us.

Ear
Typically found on the lower case ‘g’, an ear is a decorative flourish usually on the upper right side of the bowl.
Embedding
Including font information in a digital document, to ensure that the text is rendered with the font specified by the author. Some EULAs restrict embedding.
EOT (Embeddable OpenType)
File format developed by Microsoft to enable TrueType and OpenType fonts to be linked to web pages for download, to ensure that the text is rendered with the font specified by the author.
EULA (End User License Agreement)
As with most software, fonts are licensed to individuals and organizations. The EULA defines the terms and provisions for use of the font software. The EULA also indicates the number of CPUs the fonts may be installed on. The number of CPUs for which a font is initially licensed can vary depending on the manufacturer.

See license agreements by foundry.
Expert set
A font that contains special characters, such as small caps, fractions, ligatures, extra accents, and alternate glyphs. Because TrueType and PostScript only support a limited number of glyphs, some characters that are not used as frequently come in an expert font. OpenType fonts on the other hand, have the capacity for thousands of glyphs, so one font can include all these extras plus other alphabets etc.

Eye
Much like a counter, the eye refers specifically to the enclosed space in a lowercase ‘e’.