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I am using some third-party SVG music fonts for an application. The single glyphs of these fonts, are by default very huge in size. I was wondering what the reason for this could be. I can think of, this allows to do more fine-tuning work while designing the fonts, and since they are of course scalable, they should be down-scaled as needed when I want to actually use them. Is this true, or are there some other points to consider?

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  • Fonts are typically designed on large canvases because some font formats only support integer values. – joojaa Jan 18 at 5:55
  • And hence should always be scaled as needed for use? – Student Jan 18 at 11:29
  • No, more likely the font was designed as a generic font first, hence the size. Truetypes and opentypes are always scaled. – joojaa Jan 18 at 12:27

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