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Re: Software for writing in a conscript

From:Benct Philip Jonsson <bpjonsson@...>
Date:Thursday, November 2, 2006, 17:26
Henrik Theiling skrev:
> Hi! > > Benct Philip wrote: >> Henrik Theiling wrote: ... >>> I've used Metafont and Metapost to create fonts, both >>> under Linux (but they work under Windows, too, I >>> assume). Metafont enables you to produce native fonts >>> for LaTeX. In my other project I'm planning to create >>> TTFs somehow from the output of Metapost (not yet done). >> Fontforge is said to do quite a decent job of autotracing >> (actually potrace does the tracing) TeX bitmap fonts, >> since these are so high resolution. I haven't gotten it >> to work under cygwin yet, though, mostly for lack of time >> to really try... ... > > Ah, interesting information, thanks! Will have a look at > that. It's not for the Metapost project, though, since I > used it instead of Metafont in order to get Postscript > curves. The output seems to be quite easily readable and > it is not rasterized, but fully scalable.
Yes, but isn't it the case that some MF fonts can't be generated with MP, since they use MF functions not available in MP?
> When I have a lot of time, I want to write some program to > try to autoconvert it to TTF, keeping the scalability. > This is one of my do-it-yourself-from-scratch projects, > which are very time- consuming but a lot of fun. :-)
Lest you reinvent the wheel: there are already several MF > Type1 converters. It may be easier to use one of those and then convert the Type1 to TTF. See <>
> As usual with such projects, even the input for Metapost > is generated by a Perl script, because the script has such > a large number of similar glyphs.
I too have to use a Perl script to produce Sohlob and Kijeb text: because I don't know if/how one can specify characters in the Unicode Private Use area as a right-to-left script i have to pre-process all texts with a Perl script applying the reverse functionto each line. It doesn't matter too much, since the script is also a transliterator from the Latin alphabet transcription, which is not one-to-one in either language. If I get the time, and the hang on Graphite, I'll try to do it in Graphite. -- /BP 8^)> -- Benct Philip Jonsson -- melroch at melroch dot se a shprakh iz a dialekt mit an armey un flot (Max Weinreich)


Henrik Theiling <theiling@...>