Hershey fonts

This text is drawn using Roman Complex (top) and Roman Simplex (bottom) fonts of the collection

The Hershey fonts are a collection of vector fonts developed c. 1967 by Dr. Allen V. Hershey at the Naval Weapons Laboratory.[1][2] The fonts are publicly available and have few restrictions.[3] Vector fonts are easily scaled and rotated in two or three dimensions; consequently the Hershey fonts have been widely used in computer graphics and computer-aided design programs.


Simplex, duplex, and triplex versions of some glyphs.[3]


The fonts include Latin, Greek, Cyrillic, Japanese (kanji, hiragana and katakana). Symbolic glyphs support mathematics, musical notation, map markers, as well as meteorological symbols. The fonts also exist in Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) format to support HTML 5.[4] Over 2,000 original plottings are defined. The font data for 1,377 (Occidental) characters was published by NIST in 1976.[5]

See also


  1. Hershey, A. V. (August 1967), Calligraphy for Computers, Dahlgren, VA: U.S. Naval Weapons Laboratory, ASIN B0007EVKFI, OCLC 654265615, NWL Report No. 2101. NTIS AD662398
  2. About Hershey Vector Fonts, retrieved November 15, 2011
  3. 1 2 http://www.ghostscript.com/doc/current/Hershey.htm states that the fonts may not be distributed in the format provided by National Technical Information Service. The fonts were distributed via Usenet in a character encoding.
  4. Nagy, Randall (2014), The Hershey Font Explorer, Sourceforge.net
  5. Wolcott, Norman M.; Hilsenrath, Joseph (April 1976). A Contribution to Computer Typesetting Techniques: Tables of Coordinates for Hershey's Repertory of Occidental Type Fonts and Graphic Symbols. National Bureau of Standards Special Publication. 424. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Commerce, National Bureau of Standards. ISSN 0083-1883. LCCN 75619219. OCLC 1583546. OL 22001434M. Archived from the original on 2012-04-04. Retrieved December 7, 2015.

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