- By actual definition, a glyph is a pictograph; a graphic character or symbol. As used in InDesign and other design and typesetting programs, a glyph refers to any individual character in a font and, more commonly, one of the special characters in a font that is not on a standard keyboard. Glyphs can include ligatures (fi, Th), fractions (1/2, 2/3), swash characters, titiling characters, ornaments and common symbols such as ©. Foreign characters are also glyphs.
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