I understood that letterforms were initially created and carved by hand and a type specimen book that housed a type family would show a series of different fonts (different sizes and weights) so that the curious book or poster designer could assess which font he or she would opt to choose. However, I did not realize that all fonts were not simply a scalar of itself, that to fully understand a font, one must understand the way in which it was created. This "how" when drawing a family of fonts can lend itself to better and more well informed creativity when designing something new.
Now I understand why sometimes a "bold" or "italic" modification in Word or through HTML does not necessarily look correct; it seems as if the computer has applied a general obliqueness to the letterform rather than gathering the necessary information to properly draw a new family of letterforms. The machine applies a general formula to all typefaces without understanding (to the degree that a computer machine understands) the way in which the typeface works. It is a much simpler solution to instead uploading all of the necessary files that would precescribe each typeface's font families.