For pedagogical reasons, I would like to build one environment to display something like the screen of one Texas Instruments calculator.

What I'm looking for is a way to produce, via pdflatex, one pixelated font on Windows, Linux and also Mac OS.

Is it possible?

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    Well, as xelatex/lualatex with fontspec allow you to use TrueType fonts, you need only find a suitable font, I guess. Commented Dec 8, 2011 at 9:47
  • The problem is that I can't use for the moment...
    – projetmbc
    Commented Dec 8, 2011 at 9:52
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    If you have some free time, you can make one yourself (since such font does not contain too much characters, and their shapes are "easy", this is probably less work than it might seem, and probably some fun, too ;) ) and draw it in tikz. In such a case, pdf(la)tex is enough. That said, a ready-made font is probably a better idea anyway.
    – mbork
    Commented Dec 8, 2011 at 10:02
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    If you're bound to using e.g., pdflatex, you should specify that in your question. Commented Dec 8, 2011 at 10:03
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    I did a general tidy-edit on your post, but I also removed the dollar symbol in the interests of keeping this platform agnostic.
    – qubyte
    Commented Dec 8, 2011 at 10:08

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I am absolutely no expert on this, but couldn't you use this howto on using ttf fonts in pdftex, and this pixelated font to achieve your goal?

Update: There is even a site over at Ti which gives you the fonts for the keys of all the Ti calculators, if you need to explain in the text which keys are to be pressed.

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    This has all the ingredients of a good solution, but as it stands it's more of a comment. You should complete it...
    – qubyte
    Commented Dec 8, 2011 at 10:49
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    There's also a pixelated font that includes the math characters that would be needed: tibasicdev.wikidot.com/83lgfont
    – Jake
    Commented Dec 8, 2011 at 10:50
  • @Arne : the problem is that I would like to find an easy way to do that so as to share my environment with other users...
    – projetmbc
    Commented Dec 8, 2011 at 13:14
  • @projetmbc Package up the LaTeX file and the font in a compressed (zip, tar.gz, 7z, tar.bz) archive and send that out?
    – Canageek
    Commented Dec 8, 2011 at 15:20

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