# fontinst v1.13 alpha release

• To: tex-fonts@math.utah.edu
• Subject: fontinst v1.13 alpha release
• From: alanje@cogs.susx.ac.uk (Alan Jeffrey)
• Date: Thu, 23 Sep 93 20:55 BST
• Flags: 000000000000

Dear all,

I've now finished the alpha-release of version 1 of the fontinst
package, and it's ready for testing!  The fontinst package can build
Virtual Fonts from Adobe Font Metric files, and:

\item Is written in \TeX, for maximum portabilty (at the cost of speed).
\item Supports the full T1 (Cork) encoding.
\item Allows fonts to be generated in an arbitrary encoding, with
arbitrary fake' characters---for example the ij' character can be
faked if necessary by putting an i' next to a j'.
\item Allows caps and small caps fonts with letter spacing and kerning.
\item Allows kerning to be shared between characters, for example ij'
can be kerned on the left as if it were an i' and on the right as if
it were a j'.  This is useful, since many PostScript fonts only
include kerning information for characters without diacriticals.
\item Allows the generation of math fonts with \verb|nextlarger|,
\verb|varchar|, and arbitrary font dimensions.
\item Allows more than one PostScript font to contribute to a \TeX\ font,
for example the ffi' ligatures for a font can be taken from the
Expert encoding, if you have it.
\item Automatically generates a \verb|fd| file for use with version~2 of
the New Font Selection Scheme.
\item Can be customized by the user to deal with arbitrary font encodings.

The main difference between this release and version 0.19 is the font
installer's interface, which is a huge improvement, IMHO.  It
shouldn't be long before fontinst becomes a useful tool rather than a
TeX-hackers toy!

If you'd like to be an alpha-tester, please send me some email, and
I'll send you release 1.13.  I'm afraid our ftp server is still
suffering from being upgraded' to Solaris 2.2, so I can't make it
available for anonymous ftp.

Cheers,

Alan.

Alan Jeffrey         Tel: +44 273 606755 x 3238         alanje@cogs.susx.ac.uk
School of Cognitive and Computing Sciences, Sussex Univ., Brighton BN1 9QH, UK

`