[NTG-context] chancery font

Rob Ermers r.ermers at hccnet.nl
Sun Apr 3 18:42:46 CEST 2005

Thanks Thomas for the manual. I have already printed it, and cannot wait 
to give it a try.

In the mean time I welcome any other concrete tips for installing a new 
font, step by step that is. If you recall the earlier postings: my idea 
would be to start with a new font consisting of only one pfb file.
I would like to understand each Context instruction in the files, in 
order to be better able to reproduce it. In my previous attempts, I 
often copied instructions without really understanding why they were 
needed. In my last attempt the pk file was not generated, perhaps not 
due to Context...? (Although the font did work under Latex.)

In the end my ideal would be a context which typesets Arabic, Russian 
and Turkish, plus transcription according to a code I developed myself.

Kind regards,


Idris Samawi Hamid wrote:
>>===== Original Message From mailing list for ConTeXt users 
> <ntg-context at ntg.nl> =====
>>Rob Ermers said this at Sun, 3 Apr 2005 16:03:24 +0200:
>>>I completely agree. Context works fine but, like you, I have not
>>>succeeded in installing any new font thusfar.
>>Okay, I get the message: there are quite a few frustrated would-be font
>>users out there. I see it as being something that someone can understand
>>(and explain) fairly well in the abstract, but the details throw up
>>distribution-specific problems.
> Not only that, Adam, but the configuration issues involve so much minutae that 
> it is very easy to make simple mistakes that cause, e.g, typescripts to fail. 
> As Ciro suggested, what what would be useful is a gui that completely 
> automates the process and that asks all relevant questions and generates 
> everything ConTeXt needs to install and run Latin fonts, including expert 
> fonts like Minion.**** (Maybe oneday the gui can be extended for Chinese, 
> Arabic, etc.)
> On the other hand, I did manage to get a virtual font created by fontinst (old 
> style numeral cmr) to work in ConTeXt without using any of the 
> ConTeXt-specific utilities. I wrote the typescript entirely from scratch, with 
> optical scaling and all; if that complicated set of typefaces could work, any 
> Latin font should work. But debugging this sort of thing may take time, which 
> can be frustrating.
> ****Qt4.0 will be gpl, I'd love to see e.g., an elegant crossplatform Qt/Ruby 
> application that does this:-)
> Best
> Idris
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> Department of Philosophy
> Colorado State University
> Fort Collins, CO 80523
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