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Is there a way to convert TTF font to METAFONT so even Plain TeX can use it? (I do not wish to use external packages to accomplish this goal either)

  • Plain is not limited to using metafont, as far as I know. pdfTeX can use type1 and truetype; XeTeX/LuaTeX can use system fonts, although I'm not sure whether there's a mechanism for loading them with plain. TeX itself can use type1, as far as I know. – cfr May 28 '16 at 1:32
  • I don't know what you mean by natural conversion. I doubt there is any non-manual way of doing it either naturally or unnaturally. It is also hard to see how there could be. – cfr May 28 '16 at 1:35
  • The plain format is limited in font selection by the underlying engine. Could it hence be, that you meant Knuth TeX instead of Plain TeX? But then, who uses Knuth TeX these days? – Henri Menke May 28 '16 at 10:01
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    @HenriMenke -- the computer modern fonts are available as type 1, and have been for many years. any font with a tfm file can be used by knuth tex. a metafont origin is not required. – barbara beeton May 29 '16 at 1:06

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