By Donald E. Knuth
METAFONT is a process for the layout of symbols and alphabetic characters fitted to raster-based units that print or demonstrate textual content. the development of a typeface is an paintings shape and this guide is written for those that desire to boost the standard of mathematical typesetting. The METAFONTbook permits readers, with merely minimum machine technology or observe processing adventure, to grasp the elemental in addition to the extra complicated gains of METAFONT programming. With this guide, readers will write a software utilizing METAFONT that may customise a kind layout that already exists, create a complete alphabet from scratch, and create emblems or particular symbols.
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Mf )’, followed by ‘*’. Now the fun starts: You should type code=100; for s=7 upto 10: for w=5 upto 8: test_I(incr code,s/10,w/20); endfor endfor end. endfor’ in Chapter 19. This little program produces 16 versions of 7 8 9 , 10 , 10 , and 10 the letter I, with stem widths of 10 10 pt, and with character widths 5 6 7 8 of 20 , 20 , 20 , and 20 em. The sixteen trial characters will appear in positions 101 through 116 of the font; it turns out that these are the ASCII codes for lower case letters e through t inclusive.
Or 9 to ignore the next 1 to 9 tokens of input, H for help, X to quit. This is your menu of options. You may choose to continue in various ways: 1. Simply type return . will resume its processing, after attempting to recover from the error as best it can. 2. Type ‘S’. will proceed without pausing for instructions if further errors arise. Subsequent error messages will ﬂash by on your terminal, possibly faster than you can read them, and they will appear in your log ﬁle where you can scrutinize them at your leisure.
The plain base at your installation is supposed to recognize localfont as the name of the mode that makes fonts for your “standard” output device. , the results will be 4 times bigger than usual. mf as before, but this time it won’t display an ‘O’; characters are normally not displayed in fontmaking modes, because we usually want the computer to run as fast as possible when it’s generating a font that has already been designed. mf )’, followed by ‘*’. Now the fun starts: You should type code=100; for s=7 upto 10: for w=5 upto 8: test_I(incr code,s/10,w/20); endfor endfor end.
The Metafontbook by Donald E. Knuth