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VT323 Font Project

by Peter Hull and Jacques Le Bailly

This font was created from the glyphs of the DEC VT320 text terminal, which I used in college, and for which I have retained an unaccountable nostalgia.

I used a variety of tools, including Gimp, Python/PIL, and of course, FontForge. The VT320 glyphs were designed with a nonrectangular pixel aspect ratio to fit the way the terminal scanned the CRT, so for this VT323 variation I had Python munge the locations and attempt to emulate the way the electron beam actually illuminated the phosphor and smeared the pixels horizontally on the terminal's CRT, so it looks more like what the actual glyph looked like on the screen. Python then drew the proper pixels into a 1:1 pixel grid as a monochrome PNG, which FontForge autoscanned into outlines.

I have attempted to support most of the glyphs available on the VT320, but that is a limited set to begin with, so please don't be disappointed that I haven't supported Esperanto or Riograndenser Hunsrückisch or whatever.

Further work on the typeface in 2016 by the following people has resulted in vast improvements and a much richer glyph set. Many thanks to all contributors:

This font is available on Google Web Fonts.

Contributions are welcome, subject to the SIL Open Font License v1.1, as set forth in OFL.txt in this repo.

I'm sorry I can't provide more of the original Python source for this typeface, but a disk crash consigned the source to the great bit bucket in the sky, in the era before I started using Github.

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Monospaced typeface designed to look like the VT320 text terminal glyphs.

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