[NTG-context] Virtual font tip

Matt Gushee ntg-context@ntg.nl
Wed Jul 7 01:07:39 CEST 2004

Hello, all--

After purchasing the FontSite 500 CD, I wanted to make good use of some
of the nice text fonts it contains--in particular I wanted to create
TeX virtual fonts that would add ff, ffi, and ffl ligatures and 
replace the ugly ( ;-) ) lining numerals with old-style figures.

After considerable effort I figured out how to edit the VPL files for
the desired effect. I also wrote a Python script to automate the
process, though it may well not work for anyone else. Anyway, since
I have found very little documentation on virtual fonts, I thought
others might benefit from my experience, so I wrote up the procedure
and posted in the (new) TeX Tips section of my Web site.

So, if anyone is interested in this subject, have a look at


Please let me know if you find any errors or points that need to be

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