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#### font editing software for tex fonts?

In my one foray into creating a virtual font, which was a replacement
for the math italic font for use with Times Roman, the *really* tedious
part was adjusting the font metrics. Are there are wysiwig font editors
for tex font metrics?

(I've seen VTeX's TFM Editor, but it only works for fonts in VTeX's IF4
format and I don't think it can be used with virtual fonts.)

How about the following alternative? Use a PostScript font editor to
create a composite type 1 font, adjust the metrics in that font editor,
and then use afm2tfm?

I see a couple problems with this approach: (a) can't distribute the
font if it is derived from propietary fonts (whereas a vf can be
distributed and then used by anyone who has the fonts that it draws
from); (b) won't work for the italic correction metric that is used to
place subscripts in the math italic font.

thanks.

tim van zandt

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Timothy Van Zandt schrieb:
> In my one foray into creating a virtual font, which was a
> replacement for the math italic font for use with Times
> Roman, the *really* tedious part was adjusting the font
> metrics. Are there are wysiwig font editors for tex font
> metrics?

You can import and export tfm files in FontForge (formerly
known as PfaEdit), however AFAIK you cannot create virtual
fonts with it. I wonder how difficult it would be to add
this functionality, given that most of the GUI stuff is
already there. After all a virtual font is just a normal
font metric file where the glyphs are wired to physical fonts...


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mrosena (445)
5/12/2004 2:54:10 PM
In article <c7tdte$13f8$1@gwdu112.gwdg.de>,
Malte Rosenau  <mrosena@gwdg.de> wrote:

% already there. After all a virtual font is just a normal
% font metric file where the glyphs are wired to physical fonts...

This isn't quite what a virtual font is. A virtual font is a font
where the characters are described in terms of dvi commands. They're
commonly used to rearrange character encodings and make composites
of other fonts, but anything that can be done in a dvi page can be
done in a character of a virtual font.
--

Patrick TJ McPhee
ptjm@interlog.com

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ptjm (515)
5/13/2004 12:38:41 AM

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Hi, Is there a good way of setting all numbers to old style numbers for this font, rather than using \textoneoldstyle, etc. all the time. Also, using \oldstylenums{} everywhere is cumbersome. I have been searching for an option like osf which the mathpazo package has but with no luck so far. Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks. hozi hozi <huzefa.khalil@gmail.com> writes: >Is there a good way of setting all numbers to old style numbers for >this font, rather than using \textoneoldstyle, etc. all the time. >Also, using \oldstylenums{} everywhere is cumbersome. I have been >searching for an option like osf which the mathpazo package has but >with no luck so far. i've long had an idea at the back of my mind, of writing a general- purpose oldstyle-numbers vf generator. (there are some such sets for cm and ec fonts, on ctan, but nothing one can just run and get what you need for the font you want.) however, nowadays, as we move towards opentype fonts, it seems silly to go to the trouble of doing it with traditional tex, with its archaic limitations on what fonts may look like. i would therefore recommend switching to xetex and using the opentype version of pagella and selecting oldstyle numbers using the fontspec package. (note: i've never done this -- someone may explain that pagella's opentype doesn't have the proper parameters, or something.) -- Robin Fairbairns, Cambridge On 2008-10-12 21:24:27 +1030, rf10@cl.cam.ac.uk (Ro...

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