Fonts &c. (was Re: [OS X TeX] Fonts included with Textures?)

William Adams wadams at
Thu Mar 28 10:39:53 EST 2002

Adrian asked:
>I fear this response muddies some already muddy water. The issue was
>simple: do Macs' normal .pfa outline fonts work in teTeX or do they
>to be converted to .pfb?

Macs don't have ``normal .pfa outline fonts'', but funky, ``LWFN'' fonts
which are hidden away in the resource fork so that one can't open them
up with a standard text editor. I forget the specific details of whether
or no they're ASCII.

>It is a simple question which should have a
>simple answer.

You should use the extant tools (as bundled with OzTeX, or CMacTeX) for
converting LWFN files to a format which makes sense on platforms which
aren't burdened by a proprietary resource-fork oriented filesystem. Said
tools also automagically convert to .pfa presumably, if not, check with
Frank Siegert at and see if he's ported his font
conversion utility.


William Adams, publishing specialist
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