[OS X TeX] Help for FontForge needed

André Bellaïche abellaic at math.jussieu.fr
Thu Aug 31 16:46:59 EDT 2006

Le 31 août 06 à 11:23, Peter Dyballa a écrit :

> Am 31.08.2006 um 02:07 schrieb André Bellaïche:
>>>> Silly question: What should be the Karl Berry name for "Times  
>>>> Roman SC", "Times Roman OsF" or "TimesTen Roman SC" ?
>>> Philipp Lehman explains the rules to build KB names for ptm:  
>>> ptmrc8 and ptmrj8.
> I was a bit terse here: after the 8 comes the encoding (a, c, r, t,  
> y, …), and of course 7t, i.e. OT1, is possible, too.
>>> For TimesTen you can find your own name, I presume. Has it some  
>>> particular encoding or shape?
>> Thank you. I didn't see that. For Times Ten, I'll use tt that is  
>> still free.
>> TimesTen is just a version of Times:
>> Times™ Ten is the version specially designed for smaller text (12  
>> point and below); its characters are wider and the hairlines are a  
>> little stronger. [...] Times™ Eighteen is the headline version,  
>> ideal for point sizes of 18 and larger. The characters are subtly  
>> condensed and the hairlines are finer.
> So you would need to write a progressive and elaborate FD file that  
> tells LaTeX to use either this or that 'optimised variant' or the  
> general font depending on the text's size ... Automatically the  
> right font would not be chosen (not even in XeTeX, I presume).

This would cause no problem. The FD files for classical CMR are  
already like that. See ot1cmr.fd. In fact, I choose TimesTen because  
the vendor says it is better adapted to small text, and the main use  
for small capitals and oldstyle figures will be page headings, page  
numbers, footnote numbers, all in footnote size or script size.
>>>> Other question: I could read all the files in fontname directory  
>>>> (as Linotype.map, etc.), but TeXShop could not open  
>>>> fontname.dvi. Is that normal?
>>> No. Or you make a faulty description. TeXShop (actually it's  
>>> dvipdfm) would not convert the DVI file to PDF without having a  
>>> MAP file that maps your new PS TeX fonts to font file names and  
>>> encodings.
>> I was speaking of the present fontname.dvi I had found in the  
>> texmf tree. It could not be opened by any of the following  
>> methods :  double clicking on its icon, dropping its icon onto the  
>> icon of TeXShop, using File/Open... in TeXShop (fontname.dvi is  
>> visible).
> So you would need to tell Apple's LaunchService first to which  
> application this file type is bound. Control-click on the file and  
> then you can choose an application from a menu. There should be  
> other means, too, but I can't recall them right now ... maybe  
> another day.

No Apple application in my computer would be able to open a DVI file.  
I only had to use dvips from a Terminal.
>> After receiving your mail, I thought to use -- for the first time  
>> in my life -- dvips from the Terminal. It worked, and the printer  
>> began at once to print 256 pages! Happily, the paper dock was  
>> almost empty, then texdoc dvips gave the cue of using -o...
> When I invoke 'texdoc fontname' (and I have taught texdoc to use  
> TeXShop as DVI viewer) I get written into console a few minutes long:

"texdoc fontname" does nothing in my Terminal: no error message, no  
action, just sending the next prompt. So I use dvips -o.

> So I have to correct myself: it's not dvipdfm (that's TeXniscope's  
> convertor) but simpdftex, i.e DVI->PS via dvips and then PS->PDF  
> via Apple's pstopdf according to my preferences setting.

I don't understand this part  of your message. In fact, pdflatex  
works well for me, so I never had the need of using altpdflatex or  
simpdflatex. I still have to find (in this list, or on the web) what  
they are used for.

> On the command line you can achieve something similiar with 'open - 
> a TeXShop /usr/local/teTeX/share/texmf.tetex/doc/fonts/fontname/ 
> fontname.dvi' – if it does not work than you'll need to give the  
> whole path name of TeXShop, which is even easier since you can user  
> file name completion in Terminal and don't need to type so much  
> upper and lower case characters.


Thank you, and

Best regards,


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