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How could I typeset my name so that it appeared in a calligraphic font for use as a signature? I have tried reading the manuals and documentation regarding fonts, but it seems very complex.

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    You could print out the document and then write on it with a pen. No calligraphic font is your signature, so it seems dodgy to me to have a pretend signature like this. Commented Jan 28, 2015 at 16:55
  • Benjamin, thanks for your helpful comment, but in the specific circumstances I am comfortable with an electronically produced signature. I'd be grateful to hear other suggestions. If it helps, imagine that I'm typesetting a fictional letter in a story book. Commented Jan 28, 2015 at 17:02
  • Have a look at Adding a signature on an online job application; it is for LaTeX, but I don't see why it shouldn't work for you, too (after a bit of fiddling).
    – Pier Paolo
    Commented Jan 28, 2015 at 17:06
  • Pier, thank you for the relevent link. However, it appears to me that the accepted answer focuses on scanning a handwritten copy of your signature, rather than producing one with a calligraphic font, which is what I want to do. Commented Jan 28, 2015 at 17:21

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Or you can combine the best of both worlds, and save a few keystrokes, (the font or any font may be downloaded, as long as it's for personal use).


\font\signature=ChopinScript at 16truept
\starttext
\input linden
\blank[2*big]
\signature Signature Here
\stoptext

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    You can replace your font definition with \definefont[signature][file:ChopinScript*default], this way you can write style=signature for all setups which have a style key. The *default in the definition enables ligatures and kerning for the font which are missing in your code. Commented Feb 1, 2015 at 9:05
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I don't think using a calligraphic font for a signature really solves the problem. After all, each signature is different. A real solution would use a dynamic calligraphic font, if it existed. For the time being however, you can use Knuth's punk font, if you don't mind its slightly awkward look:

\usemodule[punk] 
\usetypescript[punk]
\setupbodyfont[punk,20pt]
\EnableRandomPunk
\setuppagenumbering[state=stop]
\starttext
\dorecurse{5}{Richard Parsons\par}
\stoptext

enter image description here

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You can set a calligraphic font with \definefontfamily and access it with the \cg command.

\definefontfamily [signature] [rm] [Latin Modern Roman]
\definefontfamily [signature] [cg] [TeX Gyre Chorus]
\definefontfamily [signature] [mm] [Latin Modern Math]

\setupbodyfont[signature]

\starttext

Richard Parsons

{\cg Richard Parsons}

\stoptext

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