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Method to Make "Handwriting" Fonts Look More Natural

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000114420D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-28
Document File: 2 page(s) / 56K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Cragun, BJ: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is a method for making computer fonts which imitate handwriting look more natural. The initial selected character form, positioning, skew, stroke, and size, are varied within adjustable limits. Different parameter profiles can be attached to subsections of a document to approximate mood.

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Method to Make "Handwriting" Fonts Look More Natural

      Disclosed is a method for making computer fonts which imitate
handwriting look more natural.  The initial selected character form,
positioning, skew, stroke, and size, are varied within adjustable
limits.  Different parameter profiles can be attached to subsections
of a document to approximate mood.

      Computerized handwriting fonts are used to make a document
appear more personal.  This method enhances the appearance of
authenticity by providing variations in the font.  The user controls
these variations with control parameters.  Parameter profiles can be
applied to portions of a document to approximate mood.

Variation is added to the font by any of several controllable
modifications:
  o  Multiple versions (forms) of each character are collected and
      stored.  This includes upper and lower case alphabetic
      characters, numeric characters, punctuation, and other symbols.
       As the characters are used in the display or print process,
        a different version is selected at random from those
available.
        The randomness basis for the characters is kept as control
        information in the data stream.
  o  Additional natural appearance is achieved by varying parameters
      of the characters themselves in a controlled manner.  One or
more
      of the following parameters of a character can be varied,
      dependant upon display and printer capabilities:
     -  Character slant.  Inject a slant characteristic by tilting
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