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Fonts in the Microchip Graphics Library

Posted: 24 Jun 2010     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Microchip graphics library  character arrays  graphics library font 

Embedded system application displays vary from complex devices such as PDAs, cell phones and compact computers to simple devices such as home air-conditioner and security controllers, coffee makers and door entry keypads. Most of the simpler devices already have been adapted to use graphical displays previously found only in high-end devices, and with the price of displays continuing to fall more and more simple devices will be using displays.

A common concern with simple devices is keeping down costs to improve market competitiveness. This requires reducing components, including memory and display sizes. As more functionalities are included in device designs, keeping down costs has become more challenging.

With today's global economy, products increase their sales by being sold in more geographies, but that requires the products to be adapted to other languages. For products with displays, that increases the functional requirements and compounds the problem of keeping costs down.

This application note describes the format of the Microchip Graphics Library's font image. It also tells how to reduce the number of characters in a font and automate the creation of the character arrays referring to an application's strings.

View the PDF document for more information.

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