I'm hoping to generate SVG paths for a large number of characters, and I wonder if this could be automated via Metapost. From what I've read,
mpost ’&mfplain’ cmr10
will let mpost process a Metafont description of font characters, and output one postscript file for each character. I'm looking for something similar — interpreting Metafont path descriptions and returning vector shapes — but producing open paths, as opposed to filled outlines. Basically just the trajectory of the pen, as opposed to the trace it leaves on paper.
Does this sound doable with Metapost? I'm very unfamiliar with the system, so I prefer to ask before going too deep and realising this is hopeless.