Ascender OpenType fonts for the Microsoft® Windows® Presentation Foundation (WPF) Software Development Kit (SDK)
Ascender has created eight OpenType® fonts for the Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) development environment. The fonts contain OpenType features designed to enhance the reading experience and facilitate better typography.
The set of fonts includes:
- Kootenay™ regular (a sans serif design)
- Lindsey™ regular (a handwriting style design)
- Miramonte™ regular and bold (a sans serif design)
- Pescadero™ regular and bold (a serif design for text)
- Pericles™ light and regular (a sans serif inscriptional style design)
These fonts were chosen to provide a satisfactory palette with which to show the advanced typographic features available in OpenType.
Windows Presentation Foundation is Microsoft's unified presentation subsystem for Windows Vista™. WPF consists of a display engine that takes full advantage of modern graphics hardware and an extensible set of managed classes that developers can use to create rich, visually stunning applications.
WPF introduces the next generation of text rendering, with new advances that improve the readability of text on a computer display, including:
- Support for ClearType®
- Advanced typographic features in OpenType (i.e. fractions, contextual ligatures, alternate caps and numerals
- Support for Adobe® Compact Font Format (CFF)
For a PDF data sheet illustrating the many new OpenType features of Ascender SDK fonts with Windows Presentation Foundation, click here.
The following Ascender fonts are included with the Windows SDK. If you require any modifications to these fonts or would like versions of the fonts with more extensive character sets, click here to contact Ascender.
Kootenay™ is a new sans serif design named for region in the Southwestern Canadian Rockies bounded by the 7-9,000 foot Selkirk and Purcell Mountain Ranges. The Ktunaxa people have lived in this valley for thousands of years and their petroglyphs can be seen on several cliffs from Kootenay Lake. The design features curvaceous diagonal stems which combine with tapered terminals to produce a rich texture and an approachable appearance. The open counters and tall x-height make this design very suitable for interface designs while the typographic details are attractive for use at large sizes.
Kootenay's OpenType features include proportional figures, tabular figures and old style figures. Click here to view a type specimen.
Lindsey™ is a script font based on the designer's niece's handwriting. The spunky-looking, informal letterforms could have been taken from a teenager's homework or birthday list - they're legible but have a youthful attitude. Lindsey is designed with contextual, OpenType enabled, alternative letters which enhance the look of real handwritten text. The design is useful for any situation where a casual, handwritten look is desired.
Lindsey's OpenType features include alternative vowels (2 additional of each a,e,i,o,u and y), ligatures (bb, cc, dd, ee, ff, gg, ll, mm, nn, oo, pp, rr, ss and tt), proportional figures and tabular figures. Click here to view a type specimen.
Miramonte™ is a friendly sans serif design suitable for user-interface design, corporate branding and publishing. The name means 'behold the mountains' in Spanish, suggesting the rustic, unrefined type design. Miramonte includes an alternative lowercase a, for those who have a stylistic preference, and an extensive character set for publishing Central and Eastern European languages.
Miramonte's OpenType features include proportional figures, tabular figures and alternative lowercase a and ae. Click here to view a type specimen.
Pericles™ is based on a type designed by Robert Foster for American Type Founders in 1934. This new version includes an extended set of OpenType enabled alternative letters. Use Pericles to create eye-popping effects in headlines, titles, banners, and greeting cards.
Pericle's OpenType features include alternative inscriptional forms (E,O and R), alternative narrow forms (C,G and S), and alternative ligature forms (TH and HE). Pericles Pro is a two font family: Light and Regular. Click here to view a type specimen.
Pescadero™ is named for the valley in California's rugged central coast. Early Spanish settlers called the area Pescadero (fishing place) as they observed it was a favorite fishing spot for the local natives. Pescadero is delicate and detailed for attractive documents but robust enough for serious reports and titles. The design is based heavily on calligraphic inscriptional lettering.
Pescadero's OpenType features include proportional figures, tabular figures, old style figures and initial swash caps. Click here to view a type specimen.
For more information on Ascender's fonts for WPF, please contact us.
Windows Presentation Foundation