How Identifont works
The technology behind Identifont
The Identifont Web site uses the Common Lisp Hypermedia Server, a Web server designed for advanced applications in AI and research, and developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.
How the fonts are obtained
Foundries and designers have been extremely supportive in providing samples of their fonts for use by us in adding the information to Identifont. We do the work of training the expert system and creating the character-set GIF sample images ourselves, to ensure accuracy and consistency.
To submit your own fonts to Identifont click here: Submit fonts.
How Identifont is financed
Since Identifont was first launched we have financed its development and expansion in two main ways.
Firstly, we receive commission from some of the font publishers and vendors on sales resulting from referrals from Identifont. Note that we don't exclude foundries who don't pay commission, but we give those that do a higher ranking in the list.
We also license the Identifont technology to font publishers and vendors who want to provide an identification service on their own Web sites. Currently we host font identifiers for the Linotype and Fonts.com Web sites.