TrueType Font Usage With PHP Programming

PHP allows you to use your own fonts instead of the sometimes ugly default fonts. Ideally, you can use any font in the world with PHP’s font handling abilities. There are some simple procedures to bear in mind and your PHP Programs will create attractive font renderings.

If your preferred font is not a TrueType font, simply use one of the many available font converters to change the format to TrueType.  The process of font format conversion is as simple as converting a BMP to a JPEG or similar. PHP handles other font formats and you may be ding the same conversion to the other font format, such as OpenType.

Place the fonts into your active font directory for your operating system. Your operating system needs to have them loaded before you start using PHP Programs to access and use them. On some systems the active font directory may reside at /Library/fonts or perhaps in a home directory when multiple users are supported. It is better to place your fonts in the fonts directory which will be loaded every time the operating system is loaded, rater than a home fonts directory.

The PHP Scripts should reference the font by name, using the pathway from the root level to the font directory. Do not place fonts inside random directories hoping they can be accessed like a simple text file.  Unless you modify your operating systems load configurations, the fonts will likely not be loaded, and PHP cannot use them. You can rename the fonts, as long as the extension remains correct for the font format.

The rest is very simple, using the many PHP font handling commands for TrueType fonts and OpenType fonts, depending on your use.

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