[NTG-pdftex] [PATCH v3] pdftex - Add support for encfile and \pdfgentounicode for PK fonts

Pali Rohár pali.rohar at gmail.com
Tue Mar 28 23:46:09 CEST 2017

On Tuesday 28 March 2017 11:27:03 Hans Hagen wrote:
> On 3/27/2017 11:53 PM, Reinhard Kotucha wrote:
> > On 2017-03-27 at 09:59:34 +0200, Pali Rohár wrote:
> >  > Anyway, is there some script or program which can generate any
> >  > PGC files? Quick look at google does not find anything, even
> >  > not any specification for that file. I could probably decode it
> >  > from pdftex source code...
> > 
> > AFAIK the "PDF Font Containers" are not officially maintained. 
> > They were introduced in order to support development of pdfTeX
> > itself but never supposed to be used by mortal users.
> We added that as an experiment as part of Thanh's thesis work. It
> permitted injection of shapes generated by metapost.

Are there any PGC font files? Or are there any scripts which can 
generate them (e.g. from metapost output)?

I was not able to find any information about PGC, just that what is in 
pdftex documentation.

> > But nowadays I don't see any reason to care about Type3 fonts or
> > "PDF Glyph Containers" at all.  The best solution is to create
> > Type1 fonts from Metafont sources.
> it's still interesting to be able to inject arbitrary shapes (with a
> bit of packaging in actualtext one can even get cut/paste right)

Am I right that simple PDF picture could be stored in PGC container and 
then used as one font glyph from pdfTeX?

Pali Rohár
pali.rohar at gmail.com
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