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I can type characters with the "Arial Black" font with Italic in MS Word, but the font file doesn't exist on my system (Windows 7 Home ed). How is that possible ? RRS feed

  • Question

  • The following table shows the correspondence between the "Arial" fonts and the file names (in Windows 7). As you can see, there's no file name for the font "Arial Black" with Italic. How come MS Word can find this file ?

    Font                                              Filename

    Arial  arial.ttf
    Arial Bold  arialbd.ttf
    Arial Italic  ariali.ttf
    Arial Bold Italic  arialbi.ttf
    Arial Narrow  ARIALN.TTF
    Arial Narrow Bold  ARIALNB.TTF
    Arial Narrow Italic  ARIALNI.TTF
    Arial Narrow Bold Italic  ARIALNBI.TTF
    Arial Black  arialblk.ttf

    Edit: I've already tried several times to rearrange the table columns, without success.





    • Edited by Wald B Monday, June 18, 2012 1:01 PM
    Monday, June 18, 2012 12:54 PM

Answers

  • > Are you saying that the arialblk.ttf file is being used by Windows in this case ?

    Yes.

    > Could you elaborate ?

    A TrueType/OpenType font is in fact a kind of computer program with instructions on how to draw characters.

    A font such as Arial Italic (ariali.ttf) contains instructions that are optimized to draw italic characters - all the lines and curves in the font have been designed with italic in mind.

    Since there is no dedicated Arial Black Italic font, Windows takes the standard Arial Black characters and adds a slant to them. The characters will (usually) be a bit more slanted than a "real" italic font would be, and at small font sizes, you may notice that a "real" italic font is more readable.


    Regards, Hans Vogelaar

    • Marked as answer by Wald B Monday, June 18, 2012 5:13 PM
    Monday, June 18, 2012 5:07 PM

All replies

  • If there is no individual file for a specific font style such as Bold, Italic or Bold Italic, Windows uses the "base" font of the typeface (in this case Arial Black) and makes it bold, or italic, etc.

    This will lead to a slightly less perfect result than having a separate font file for each variation, but in practice, it's unlikely you'll notice the difference.


    Regards, Hans Vogelaar

    Monday, June 18, 2012 2:15 PM
  • Are you saying that the arialblk.ttf file is being used by Windows in this case ?

    >> This will lead to a slightly less perfect result than having a separate font file for each variation, but in practice, it's unlikely you'll notice the difference <<

    I don't understand this. Could you elaborate ? What would be the difference, had Windows a specific file for this font ?

    Thanks for your reply 

    Monday, June 18, 2012 2:49 PM
  • > Are you saying that the arialblk.ttf file is being used by Windows in this case ?

    Yes.

    > Could you elaborate ?

    A TrueType/OpenType font is in fact a kind of computer program with instructions on how to draw characters.

    A font such as Arial Italic (ariali.ttf) contains instructions that are optimized to draw italic characters - all the lines and curves in the font have been designed with italic in mind.

    Since there is no dedicated Arial Black Italic font, Windows takes the standard Arial Black characters and adds a slant to them. The characters will (usually) be a bit more slanted than a "real" italic font would be, and at small font sizes, you may notice that a "real" italic font is more readable.


    Regards, Hans Vogelaar

    • Marked as answer by Wald B Monday, June 18, 2012 5:13 PM
    Monday, June 18, 2012 5:07 PM