Ricoh fonts have been developed along with the development of our printers. Beginning with type font design for use with impact printers and electronic typewriters, we produced bitmap fonts for the dot impact printers used with the PCs and word processors introduced in the 1980s. Later as printer and screen resolution improved and the number of dots increased, we increased the number of character size variations. However, even though data volume can be kept small for bitmap fonts, character quality deteriorates when the display is magnified. In order to overcome this problem, we developed outline fonts.
Using this outline font technology as a base, MS Gothic and MS Mincho were born as the first Windows® OS Japanese TrueType Fonts. Ever since Windows® 3.1, these fonts have continued to be included while undergoing revisions.