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How to use the cartography font mencioned in http://ctan.tche.br/info/fontsampler/sampler.pdf

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Now, this looks to be a little-known font ;-)

Fascinatingly, there are metafont sources for this in TeXLive, but it seems there's no LaTeX support and it also doesn't feature in the "Comprehensive LaTeX Symbol List".

Well, let's start from the beginning.

If you open the web directory above the link you gave,

http://www.ctan.org/tex-archive/info/fontsampler

you find the TeX source of the PDF. There, the font is used like this:

\thefont[U]{Cartography}{zka}{A\thinspace B\thinspace C\thinspace
D\thinspace E\thinspace F\thinspace G\thinspace H\thinspace
I\thinspace J\thinspace K\thinspace L\thinspace M\thinspace
N\thinspace O\thinspace P\thinspace Q\thinspace R\thinspace
S\thinspace T\thinspace U\thinspace V\thinspace W\thinspace
X\thinspace Y\thinspace Z\thinspace a\thinspace b\thinspace
c\thinspace d\thinspace e\thinspace f\thinspace g\thinspace
h\thinspace i\thinspace j\thinspace k\thinspace
m\thinspace n\thinspace q\thinspace s}

\thefont is more or less a shorthand for

{\fontencoding{U}\fontfamily{zka}\selectfont A\thinspace B\thinspace C\thinspace
D\thinspace E\thinspace F\thinspace G\thinspace H\thinspace
I\thinspace J\thinspace K\thinspace L\thinspace M\thinspace
N\thinspace O\thinspace P\thinspace Q\thinspace R\thinspace
S\thinspace T\thinspace U\thinspace V\thinspace W\thinspace
X\thinspace Y\thinspace Z\thinspace a\thinspace b\thinspace
c\thinspace d\thinspace e\thinspace f\thinspace g\thinspace
h\thinspace i\thinspace j\thinspace k\thinspace
m\thinspace n\thinspace q\thinspace s}

To use the font named zka with LaTeX you need the fd file in the same directory:

http://mirrors.ctan.org/info/fontsampler/uzka.fd

In there you'll see the real font name used is karta15 for which a tfm and mf file should exist in your TeX distribution.

So if uzka.fd can be found by TeX you're all set up to use this font (in the metafont version, which means you'll get bitmaps in a PDF).

In addition to that, there even is a Type1 version of this font in

http://www.ctan.org/tex-archive/fonts/niceframe

which at least isn't in my TeXLive distribution, so you might need to install the package.

After this, you can use the PostScript version of this font with pdftex by saying

\pdfmapfile{niceframe.map}

in the preamble of your document.

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