[NTG-context] Going crazy with font conversion (macron)!

Adam Lindsay atl at comp.lancs.ac.uk
Thu Mar 24 16:32:11 CET 2005

Steffen Wolfrum said this at Thu, 24 Mar 2005 15:16:22 +0100:

>Taco Hoekwater <taco at elvenkind.com> wrote:
>>  Steffen Wolfrum wrote:
>>  > BTW:
>>  >
>>  > Is there also a command to translate TFM (and VF) files to AFM or
>>  > another human readable format and back again?
>>  There exist the Knuthian programs tftopl (for tfm only) and
>>  vftovp (for virtual fonts) that convert to 'property list'
>>  format. The format is an ASCCI representation, but Whether or
>>  not you think this is human readable depends on what kind of
>>  human you are ;-)
>>  Anyway, the commands should be part of your installation already.
>>  Taco
>The idea was to translate TFM (and VF?) in a readable format, and 
>back again, in order to be able of making little kerning adjustments:
>When  the font is already Tex-installed and in use, but finally there 
>is one kerning pair that doesn't look good enough, I wanted to be 
>able to make this particular adjustment in the kerning table without 
>starting from AFM and going the whole conversion and installation way 

That's the idea behind the Property List format. 
pltotf (and vptovf) will go in the other direction.
 Adam T. Lindsay, Computing Dept.     atl at comp.lancs.ac.uk
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