Metafont

Metafont

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Metafont is a programming language used to define vector fonts. It is also the name of the interpreter that executes Metafont code, generating the bitmap fonts that can be embedded into e.g. PostScript. Metafont was devised by Donald Knuth as counterpart to his TeX typesetting system. One of the characteristics of Metafont is that all of the shapes of the glyphs are defined with geometrical equations, e.g., one can define a given point to be the intersection of a line segment and a B zier cubic. Unlike more common outline font formats, a Metafont font is primarily made up of strokes with finite-width "pens," along with filled regions. Thus, rather than describing the outline of the glyph directly, a Metafont file describes the pen paths. Some simpler Metafont fonts, such as the calligraphic mathematics fonts in the Computer Modern family, use a single pen stroke with a relatively large pen to define each visual "stroke" of the glyphs. More complex fonts such as the Roman text fonts in the Computer Modern family use a small pen to trace around the outline of the visual "strokes," which are then filled; the result is much like an outline font, but with slightly softened corners definshow more

Product details

  • Paperback | 96 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 6mm | 150g
  • Chrono Press
  • United States
  • English
  • 6136619636
  • 9786136619637