[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 
>again.

That's the idea behind the Property List format. 
pltotf (and vptovf) will go in the other direction.
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