Hinting

Nothing about giving clues, this 'hinting' is the name of the process whereby fonts are tweaked for optimum on-screen legibility.

That's the very basic meaning; if you'd like to find out more, have a read of Peter Bil'ak's excellent, in-depth article about the whys and wherefores of hinting.

 

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