teTeX mod for Mac fonts (was Re: [Mac OS X TeX] Font question)

William Adams wadams at atlis.com
Tue Nov 6 11:24:03 EST 2001

Gerben asked:
>So, for the Mac OS X fonts, I need to know:

>1. Where is the .pfb content? (resource fork? special format?)

There aren't any .pfbs, or Type 1 fonts bundled with Mac OS X (We don't
even get Tecton Plus :(---it's all TrueType, some in the new .dfont
(data fork font), others in Classic Mac OS 9- style suitcases (which
stores the TrueType font data in the resource fork).

The Apple fonts (Apple Chancery, Geneva, etc.) are also munged by the
_removal_ of non-Apple encoding vectors/tables so as to preclude easy
conversion to other platforms. If you want Geneva in .ttf format you've
got to purchase FileMaker (I guess it still bundles it)

>2. Where is the .afm content?

There aren't any, see above :(

>3. How do I get a map file

This'd have to be written up especial. Apple also hasn't encoded a lot
of the characters which are in the fonts, or has munged access to them
(e.g. Zapfino has 1,285 characters, but only a couple-hundred can be
gotten at with TextEdit.app, or even TeX/GX, Herculanum has Adrian
Frutiger's nice alternates, but they're assigned to cap slots (although
duplicates of them with sensible names, e.g. A-alternate are included
too---that from the dept. of redundancy dept.)

(who wrestled with this for his mangled presentation at TUG2001 :(

William Adams, publishing specialist
ATLIS Graphics & Design / 717-731-6707 voice / 717-731-6708 fax
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