Those blackboard fonts are at the origin of my MetaFont programming. They received a very special care and should be of quite high quality. It is quite stable (never say never). The two main series are mbb (blackboard light fonts) and mbbx (blackboard bold extended fonts). Other fonts are by now oddities.
|mbboard0.0||old||space-time initial distribution, january 2000|
|mbboard0.4||last distribution by now, october 2001 (posted on CTAN)|
|mbbtest||compressed postscript documentation, october 2001|
On a teTeX distribution one may drop every source file (.mf) in a subdirectory of $TEXMF/fonts/source/public. I've never tried... For individual use on a Unix system, create $HOME/metafont/pk, $HOME/metafont/tfm, $HOME/metafont/source. Move then the whole content of archive's source directory in $HOME/metafont/source. In $HOME/metafont/source, execute COMPILE. Move texinput files where TeX can find them. The last thing to do is to set up environment variables (see at the bottom of this page).(Index)
Here is one of the largest sets of mathematical symbols ever programmed in MetaFont. These fonts are supposed to be very high quality fonts even if some symbols may have to be designed anew. Encoding is not quite stable but input packages free people of this matter. We decline any responsability about type 1 versions or such: conversions certainly don't care of rasterization, i.e. they may not be hinted. By the way, look at Kohsaku Hotta's web page about mathabx for up-to-date conversions.
1.0distribution (may 2011). It should work. You can complain if you need (only about TeX programming, METAFONT programming, fonts' design; installation is not my problem at all). (The CTAN's archive has been updated at may 15, 2005...)
|mathtest||compressed postscript documentation, may 2011|
The Calligra font is for long available on CTAN but it seems that nobody can use it properly as a true TeX font. I changed some things in the code of this font in order to obtain the following:
|mcalligra||first unstable distribution, november 2001. Provided with no TeX nor LaTeX input file (not so complicated). Well, I've seen many things that could be improved since I've put this stuff of the web. So changes will be made before the end of the year.|
|mcaltest||compressed postscript documentation, november 2001|
|mxy||first unstable distribution, november 2002. Provided with no LaTeX input file (not so complicated).|
|mxytest||compressed postscript documentation, november 2002|
A MetaFont program is a collection of files
whose suffix is generally mf. Theses files are called the
source of the MetaFont fonts. They contain the description of the
drawings and of the size of every character in the related fonts.
These are human written programs whose syntax is quite close from pascal
(hence not so complicated).
The interpreter of MetaFont programs is METAFONT (it is also the name of the language). It is invocated via the mf command. There are 3 kinds of output files: the well-known log-files, and the not-so-well-known tfm and gf-files.
Take a look at the METAFONTbook to get deeper but clearer information.
Since META-description of a font within a MetaFont program is almost resolution (mode)-independent, one has to specify a mode to produce bitmap font adaptated to a specific printer device or screen. Those modes are defined by aware users and usually defined in the TeXMF distribution. Typical invocation is
mf "\mode=mymode; mag:=mymag; input myfontXX.mf"
mymode is a pre-defined mode
cx for 300dpi-laser printer,
ljfour for 600dpi-laser printer),
mymag is the magnification or magstep
mag:=1 , or
is the name of the font (typically
myfontXX.mf the corresponding MetaFont
The former command will produce 3 files:
YYY is a number equal to the resolution
times magnification (typically 300, 360, 432, or 600, 720, 864).
To generate pk-file just type
What remains to do is just to clean garbage
and to move the other files to some place where TeX-related programs
can find them.
More to come...
We will deal only with standard TeX distributions as the ones one can find in the TeXlive cd-rom. So, it'll aply to the TETeX (Unix and Linux), MikTeX (W.nd.w$), OzTeX (MacOS). Here are the things to do:
texmfand whose subdirectories are for instance
fonts, etc. The TeXMF root will be denoted by
../texmf/fonts/source/public/create a new directory whose name matches the name of the fonts you want to install, say
xxx.mffiles that are in your temporary directory (or in its subdirectories) to the newly created one.
This how-to is intended for a user of Unix-like system with no root privilege. Such a person may want to install new TeX fonts on is own account. What is described here is what I've done myself.
More to come...