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Re: [QUESTION] How to make a font?

From:Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>
Date:Friday, June 28, 2002, 19:33
En réponse à "H. S. Teoh" <hsteoh@...>:

> > Well, if you ever want to make Type 1 fonts out of your efforts, you > probably *don't* want to start with Metafont.
Of course not :)) . But I must say that the 300 pages of the Metafont book are more attractive than the 500 of the FontLab manual ;))) . You'd probably prefer to
> create/scan font outlines and adjust them with other tools, and then > convert them to METAFONT (there are utilities to do this). >
True. Unfortunately I'm not graphical artist, so the result would be quite ugly. Since I'm pretty good at numbers, Metafont is maybe a good idea :)) .
> The problem (which is also its advantage, paradoxically) with METAFONT > is > that it's too powerful -- a font made for METAFONT is in fact, a > complete > computer program that creates the font given a set of parameters. > Since > the METAFONT language is quite complex, there aren't any utilities > (and > nor can there be, in the general case) that can deal with METAFONT > and > produce any meaningful output in, say, Type 1 format. >
Really? When I had browsed the web in search for converters, I remember a few Metafont-to-Type 1 converters popped up...
> You *can* hand-convert METAFONT programs into Type 1 by tracing out > the > curves that it generates, etc., and building the Type 1 font that way. > Of > course, this is very tedious, and also quite difficult, since Type 1 > can't > express a lot of nuances that METAFONT can. Plus, it defeats the > purpose > of automation -- unless you're a professional fontographer, you > probably > don't need the level of power METAFONT gives you (at least to start > with).
Very true.
> Outline curves in Type 1 is good enough for most conscripts, anyway, > and > you can always generate METAFONT programs from them easily. You can > then > hand-tweak the resulting METAFONT programs should you see the need to. > > (Of course, you might have to do extra magic with those .tfm files if > you > want to do ligatures and stuff, which METAFONT handles quite > beautifully.) >
That's the main thing. I want a font for Maggel, but it's so much packed with ligatures, dissociations, characters that connect to the following one while others don't, characters which change a bit shape when connected, etc... like the Arabic script but more complicated :)) . If I have to make that into a normal True Type or type 1 font, this would be a bit tedious I think... Christophe. Take your life as a movie: do not let anybody else play the leading role.