Bitstream Charter is a glyphic serif typeface designed by Matthew Carter in 1987 for Bitstream Inc. It was optimized for printing on the low-resolution 300 dpi laser printers of the 1980s, but is suitable for printing on both modern high-resolution laser printers and lower resolution inexpensive inkjet printers.
In 1992 Bitstream donated the Charter font, along with its version of Courier, to the X Consortium under terms that allowed modified versions of the font to be redistributed. This has resulted in derivatives of Bitstream Charter becoming available, including Charis SIL.
A new version of the typeface with an expanded character set including additional symbols, ranging figures (old-style) and small capitals was released in 2004 and is licensed through Bitstream’s online interface MyFonts.
Some still consider Bitstream Charter to be one of the best free fonts available.
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