font cartridge A small device that can be plugged into a printer and contains font-symbol definitions, usually in ROM. Many printers provide for the fitting of a font cartridge (or several) as a cost-effective way of enhancing the font repertoire. The user can buy and install only those fonts required. Cartridge fonts are being gradually replaced by scalable fonts that are downloaded from the host computer. This offers greater choice, but use of fonts built into a printer or a font cartridge gives improved printing speed.
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