METAFONT


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METAFONT

A system for the design of raster-based alphabets by Donald Knuth. A companion to TeX.

["The METAFONT Book," Donald Knuth, A-W 1986. Version 2.0, March 1990].
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When printing a document formatted with (LA)TEX, the bitmaps of the characters are used instead of the METAFONT language encoding.
Knuth faced a type-availability problem as well, and addressed it by developing the program METAFONT for creating fonts to be used with [T.sub.E]X.
Its contribution to [T.sub.E]X's initial use notwithstanding, METAFONT has been found sufficiently unconventional by type designers that it has failed to secure a place in mainstream type design as an alternative to PostScript and TrueType.
DEXTER SINISTER will demonstrate their Meta-the-difference -between-the-two-Font, a typeface derived from MetaFont, the 30-year-old computer typography system originally programmed by Donald Knufh.
Using interletter spacing variations and widths of letter strings with METAFONT, Liu and Arditi (2000) found that the participants made more mistakes in judging the number of letters in the stimulus strings as interletter spacing decreased.
3.141 and so on, and his METAFONT has versions 2.7, 2.71, 2.718, and so
He created the original literate programming tool called WEB, which he used to write TeX and MetaFont.
He reproduces here the series of papers he produced from 1977 onwards that revcal how he thought through and created TEX and Metafont. Read the book and you will incidentally obtain an insight into those systems and also into a rigorous thought process.
Digital Typography can never repay the debt it owns to Donald Knuth He reproduces here the series of papers he wrote from 1977 onwards that reveal how he thought through and created TEX and Metafont. Read the book and you will incidentally obtain an insight into those systems and also into a rigorous thought process.
But Knuth had to cease teaching, which he loves, for several quarters because programming T.sub.E.X and METAFONT required much more intensity of concentration than did writing a chapter.
It was a fortuitous match: Knuth was one of the world's leading mathematicians, with a side interest in type design (he produced the MetaFont program and created an alphabet for his own mathematical books).
These differences, taken together, have important implications: They suggest in general that the success of automatic formattng in mathematics may not be easy to repeat in music, and specifically that METAFONT and TEX will be of less direct use than Gourlay thinks.