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In typography, a typeface (also known as font family) is a set of one or more fonts each composed of glyphs that share common design features.

Each font of a typeface has a specific weight, style, condensation, width, slant, italicization, ornamentation, and designer or foundry (and formerly size, in metal fonts).

For example, “ITC Garamond Bold Condensed Italic” is a different font from “ITC Garamond Condensed Italic” and “ITC Garamond Bold Condensed,” but all are fonts within the same typeface, “ITC Garamond.” However, ITC Garamond is a different typeface than “Adobe Garamond” or “Monotype Garamond.”

There are thousands of different typefaces in existence, with new ones being developed constantly.

Every typeface is a collection of glyphs, each of which represents an individual letter, number, punctuation mark, or other symbol. The same glyph may be used for characters from different scripts, e.g. Roman uppercase A looks the same as Cyrillic uppercase А and Greek uppercase alpha.

There are also typefaces tailored for special applications, such as map-making or astrology and mathematics.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Typeface

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