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{metafont} is a system for specifying fonts.

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What is Metapost/Metafont and how can I get started using it?

Inspired by Why Metapost discrimination?, I'd like to come to know Metapost far better than I do now. All I really know is that Metapost is a language for describing graphics, and Metafont is used ...
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How to create new font which is thicker version of Computer Modern

I'm trying to find a good way to have the LaTex default font "Computer Modern" (CM) a bit thicker (also called "blacker"). I really like this font, especially when it comes to math mode, so answers ...
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Have LaTeX document slowly transform/fade from one font into another

A couple months back, I recall reading an article where LaTeX's metatype system is used to have a document fade from one font into another. The example had several pages of serif text that slowly ...
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Randomized drawing of individual glyphs

I was reading Knuth's "Mathematical Typography" (Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society 1(2):337-372) and the section "Randomization" called my attention. I quote most of it here. I'd like ...
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What fonts are available for LaTeX?

I have used Computer Modern, and I love it. Is there any other complete METAFONT font that can be used with LaTeX?
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How to write like old mathematical papers

Every time I read an old math paper, I'm pretty exited about how perfectly it looks. See this PDF, for example: Everything, though a not-so-perfect-scan, somehow looks "real" to me. It's the little ...
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horizontal maya numerals (mathabx)

After researching, mathabx is the only package supporting maya numerals within tex. For example, typing $\maya{2013}$ results in: now the problem is... the numerals are rotated sideways (oddly, the ...
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Metafont Book - problems with gray.tfm and displaying “experiment 2”

I'm working through Knuth's Metafont Book as preparation for learning Metapost and I'm running into some problems working through his "experiments". I've installed the latest TeX Live 2013 ...
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Proper way to use LaTeX fonts in XeLaTeX

What is the proper way to use LaTeX fonts, for example calligra or other fonts from the Font Catalogue in XeLaTeX. Something like \usepackage{fontspec} \setromanfont{Calligra} doesn't work. ...
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dashed or dotted brace or bracket

I need to add a dashed or dotted brace or bracket into an equation. But I didn't found any symbol similar to this (with detexify or The Comprehensive LaTeX Symbol List). Do you know how it can be ...
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Translation of typefaces into METAFONT (in the case of AMS Euler and others)

TL;DR: Let me ask my questions first: How was AMS Euler translated from Hermann Zapf's hand-drawn shapes into METAFONT? Has there been one into METAFONT's pen-strokes approach? What are other ...
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A METAFONT character

I successfully generated a METAFONT character by the program below. How do I use it in LaTeX/XeTeX. mf a.mf gftodvi a.2602gf a.dvi I.e. what packages should I use and how do I use "b" from that ...
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Problem using bickham

Some time ago, I posted this question. I forgot about it, and it popped up just yesterday thanks toa comment. It is in a sorry state, and I have been suggested to ask a new one with the only issue ...
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alternative to METAFONT

I'm interested in creating new character forms for computer-based calligraphy (freehand letters and kerning); strangely, such an attempt seems almost unheard of google. The closest thing might be ...
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What are .gf and .pk font files?

I've recently read this very interesting thread: How (La)TeX makes use of font related files, i.e., .fd, .map, .enc, .def,etc when selecting fonts?. In the meantime, I've been playing with compiling (...
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Problem finding metafonts at compilation

I'm trying to compile a document using the latex command. This document compiles fine on other machines, but on the machine I'm currently using (Ubuntu 12.04 with texlive installed via aptitude), it ...
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Bold Typewriter Type fonts

I found out that there are cmbtt10 and cmttb10 fonts available. Unfortunately they are not used until I activate them with the \font macro, so just searching for those fonts is not possible. The ...
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Get Times 4-Line Mathematics Series 569 in LaTeX

This question is related to my own question Including letters from other fonts Reading on the web, I found this pdf. In page 8, it shows a figure with the main characters of Times 4-Line Mathematics ...
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Nature of MetaFont Output: raster or vector?

I read that MetaFont defines vector fonts. Elsewhere it says it produces raster output. What kind of font does MetaFont really produce?
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No spaces in a font created with Metafont

Finally I got my font created with Metafont, to appear on a PDF using LaTeX. Using the example in this answer. The problem is that I have no space between words. How can I get spacing between words?...
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Generating fonts of all LaTeX math symbols

Admission of Confusion Clearly I'm confused, I'll update the question as best as I can as people point out my lack of understanding. Ultimate Goal I like the fonts that pdfLaTeX uses to create ...
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How to compile thicker OTF version of Latin Modern fonts?

Computer Modern fonts, when printed from a pdf generated by pdflatex, tend to produce rather thin lines. The way to solve that problem has been described here through the use of the blacker parameter. ...
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Feynmf doesn't produce feynman diagram at all in TXC

I am trying to draw a feynman diagram using feynmf in TXC. I use the following code \documentclass{article} \usepackage{feynmf} \begin{document} \unitlength = 1mm % determine the ...
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Knuth's 5 volume TeXbook A,B,C,D and E

Can I freely download the Knuth's 5 volume set books COMPUTERS and TYPESETTING in pdf and the source of TeX and {\sf METAFONT} that these book contain and a compiler for the sources that would ...
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Running metafont on a mac

Can anyone do this with the latest OS and XQuartz? On my machine, XQuartz opens but displays nothing. E.g., after loading a file with drawdot (35,70); showit; drawdot (65,70); showit; draw (20,40) .. ...
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How to make sense of font metrics?

If I have a Tex font, and I want to really understand how it will be laid out by Tex, and what features of the font to bear in mind when tuning my output to be beautiful, what tools are useful for ...
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How to run Metafont in TeXnicCenter

I want to create a Feynman diagram, with the feynmf package. While compiling, no error occurs, but no diagram is produced. I have searched through the net, and I found that I have to create an mf ...
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How can I have pdftex with dvi output expand CM fonts with high quality?

The following output pdftex > dvi > ps shows the problem: This comes about as follows. First, I use the file \pdfoutput=0 \hsize=5truein \tenrm \pdffontexpand\tenrm 20 20 20 \pdfadjustspacing=2 ...
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Metafont (or alternative ways to get your own scripts within LaTeX)

My main experience with Metafont was Christopher Grandsire's The METAFONTtutorial which I think is a good and concise description of the language and its tricks, but I've missing one important part: ...