This page contains the Workplace series of TrueType fonts. These are fonts which have been inspired by OS/2's built-in bitmap fonts, but are implemented as outline fonts.

The outline font editor I use for development is FontLab TypeTool. I have created FontLab-compatible codepage files (which can be used to generate cmap tables in the compiled font) for the OS/2 Extended Universal Glyph List. These can be downloaded here.

Workplace Sans

[Workplace Sans] Workplace Sans is a semi-condensed sans-serif font, inspired by the OS/2 bitmap font "WarpSans", and intended primarily for user interfaces (menus, dialogs, and the like).

Workplace Sans is currently available in regular and bold versions.

Note: The current release of Workplace Sans is unhinted. Previous releases made use of TypeTool's autogenerated hints; however, these were observed to cause irregular glyph scaling on some point sizes. Consequently, you are recommended to either enable font anti-aliasing where possible, and/or use the bitmapped versions of these fonts.

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Development work on Workplace Sans is done using TypeTool version 3. For the bitmapped versions, the bitmaps are being created and embedded using FontForge.

Supported Characters

As of version 1.0, Workplace Sans supports Latin-1, Latin-2, Cyrillic, Hebrew, and Greek, plus a few additional characters here and there.

Background

For more information, including comparative illustrations, you can check out the design history of Workplace Sans.

Bitmaps

I provide two different builds of the Workplace Sans fonts: one which includes embedded bitmaps at 7, 8, 9, and 10 point sizes (as measured at 120 dpi); and one without. Given the lack of hinting, the bitmaps allow for much crisper and more legible text at smaller sizes, so these versions are generally recommended. As a bonus, it also makes the font more closely resemble WarpSans at comparable sizes. (Of course, this depends on a capable rasterizer such as FreeType being used – otherwise, the bitmaps will be ignored and the characters will be drawn using the standard glyphs.)

I generated the bitmaps in Workplace Sans by using FontForge to rasterize the outlines, then cleaning up the generated bitmaps by hand. The results should look virtually identical to WarpSans at the comparable sizes. (To the best of my knowledge, there are no legal problems involved with doing this, as font designs, especially bitmap fonts, are not subject to copyright law. The actual bitmap files are copyrighted, of course, but that isn't an issue since the Workplace Sans bitmaps are effectively a "clean-room" reimplementation. However, if you happen to be located in a jurisdiction with different legal conventions, you can always use the non-bitmapped versions instead.)

Files

wpsu_bit_100.zip The latest release (version 1.00) of Workplace Sans in TrueType format, with embedded bitmaps at select sizes.
wpsu_ttf_100.zip Same as the above, but without embedded bitmaps.
wpsu_src_100.zip Workplace Sans source (version 1.00) in FontLab and BDF format.

Older versions are archived here.

Legal Notices

Workplace Sans is © 2003, 2015 Alexander Taylor. All rights reserved.

Workplace Sans v0.6 and later, and Workplace Sans bold v0.2 and later are licensed under the Open Font License. (Earlier versions were public domain software.)

Open Font License

Workplace Console (in development)

[Workplace Console Condensed] Workplace Console is an early attempt at creating a monospaced font suitable for both terminals and text editors, loosely inspired by the built-in OS/2 bitmap font "System VIO".

The only version currently available is a narrow version (provisionally called Workplace Console Condensed) which is intended to combine well with Workplace Sans.

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Supported Characters

Workplace Console Condensed currently supports the ISO Latin-1 set plus a few other characters.

Files

wpconc_ttf_001.zip Workplace Console Condensed (version 0.01) in TrueType format.

Legal Notices

Workplace Console is © 2015 Alexander Taylor. All rights reserved.

This version is a preview (beta) release, licensed free for personal or academic use. Special permission is required for commercial use; contact the author if interested.