[NTG-context] chancery font

Ciro Soto cirosoto at gmail.com
Sun Apr 3 22:25:56 CEST 2005

thank you very much for your explanations... they are very helpful.
regarding ttf translation, I have in my system (I guess it came with
a little software "ttf2pt1" that does the job.
unix> ttf2pt1 -b fontname.ttf
and it produces the two files: fontname.afm, fontname.pfb
which then I used with your "cooking" instructions for garamond...

BTW, how do you use a ttf font directly in context?

thank you

On Apr 3, 2005 2:45 PM, Idris Samawi Hamid <ishamid at lamar.colostate.edu> wrote:
> >===== Original Message From ciro at kavyata.com, mailing list for ConTeXt users
> <ntg-context at ntg.nl> =====
> >My problem goes beyond fonts. What I think I need is a simple explanation
> >of the TeX-like package system.  For instance:
> >
> >I see tetex,pdftex,contex, latex,web2c,...and so on, but I don't understand
> >their interrelation/dependency.
> teTeX, fpTeX, gwTeX, and MiKTeX are os-dependent distrbutions.
> LaTeX and ConTeXt are os-independent macropackages.
> Web2C is the Pascal-to-C translator that allows compilation of TeX on Unix,
> Windows, etc. /web2c is the directory that contains configuration files and
> os-dependent format files. But I don't know why it's called "/web2c"
> >Why the livetex tree is like it is?  What is needed for a context user?
> ConTeXt has become so detailed and powerful, and changes so fast, that the
> os-dependent distrbutions can't keep up. I predict that one day ConTeXt will
> be completely independent of TeXLive. Some of the problems many of us have
> been facing ultimately boil down to the growing, but not yet complete,
> independence of ConTeXt from TeXLive. Personally, I think this a good thing,
> because ConTeXt is really a stand-alone system in the final analysis.
> mswincontext.zip is _almost_ there; maybe Hans could use volunteers to build
> and maintain independent Mac and Unix packages a la mswincontext.zip. Then we
> could contribute to a test/torture suite to make sure that everything runs
> identically on all os's. Each of us may have pet issues that concern us (I
> have my aleph work for example, there are fonts, xml, etc).
> >What are the steps to upgrade context with a cont-tmf.zip and a texlive2004?
> >Would it be possible to create an shell script that automize all this?
> I would get the tetex package from pragma, install it in its own tree, define
> your path so that your ConTeXt bin is searched BEFORE TeXLive's, and have your
> shell script initialize your tree (maybe there are instructions in the teTeX
> package). I modified my setuptex.bat so that my ConTeXt tree would search my
> TeXLive tree as well; I suppose you could do the same with setuptex.csh.
> >
> >Where are fonts registered/stored/mapped/encoded?
> There is a document somewhere on the TeX Directory Structure (tds), I think.
> Look in /texmf/doc/tds
> >
> >Most books on TeX,latex, etc, only explain how to use them, but not
> >the 'system administration' part, which must of us have to learn as well.
> There is an old book, Making TeX Work, that aimed to do just this. But it's 11
> years old and woefully out of date.
> >
> >BTW, I used Idris instructions (without step4 because my texfont works)
> >and I have installed three different fonts so far. Actually, I
> >converted TTF fonts
> >to pfb/afm, then used the Idris steps, and I am happy.
> How did you convert ttf>pfb? I did this once using FontLab and I lost all my
> macron accents:-(
> But texfont and pdfetex work with ttf files so there is no need to convert:-)
> Now I hace to learn how
> >to build typescript files, and learn where to put them,
> What I did was just get one complete working typescript and model my other
> typescripts on that one. If type-ugm is working for you, just study that one.
> Five steps:
> % raw fonts
> %Names
> %Synonyms
> %maps
> %typefaces
> Note that you can mix and match fonts to create your own complete typefaces. I
> am enclosing a typescript I did for Times New Roman and Arial (type-tnr.tex)
> that I posted a few weeks ago.
> About placing type-* files: You can put them anywhere in your TeX path; I put
> mine, along with some other private configuration files, in
> /texmf-local/tex/generic/private, but you can put them anywhere you like under
> your TeX path.
> >and the mapping/encoding
> >business.
> I think you don't have to worry about this too much, except that texfont
> defaults to texnansi, while the fonts that come with TeXLive are mostly ec. So
> you should avoid use of \char as much as possible in your macros, and stick to
> character control sequences like \circumflex.
> Best
> Idris
> ============================
> Professor Idris Samawi Hamid
> Department of Philosophy
> Colorado State University
> Fort Collins, CO 80523

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