[OS X TeX] OML encoded virtual fonts (or: text fonts in math mode)

Ingo Reich ireich at mac.com
Sat Mar 19 12:40:27 CET 2005

Hi everybody,
this is another try to get text fonts working in math mode, following  
the strategy to build with fontinst virtual fonts that contain both  
characters from the text font – the text font being, for example, a  
sans serif font (font family ffs below) –  and characters from the math  
font – e.g. Lucida New Math from Y&Y.   I did not yet try to build the  
OT1-encoded operator font; what I did try – with limited success – was  
to build an OML-encoded virtual font. Here is what I came up with (its  
inspired by the mapping OMLhlcm.fd; unsetalphabet unsets the letters  
A-Z, a-z; lbm is short for Lucida New Math):

%%%%%%%%%%%% BEGINN FILE %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%
\input fontinst.sty



\transformfont{ffsr8r}{\reencodefont{8r}{\fromafm{ffsr8a}}} % roman  
text font
\transformfont{ffsri8r}{\reencodefont{8r}{\fromafm{ffsri8a}}} % italic  
text font
\transformfont{ffsb8r}{\reencodefont{8r}{\fromafm{ffsb8a}}} % bold text  



\installfont{hlcrmffs}{lbmr,unsetalphabet,kernoff,ffsr8r scaled
\installfont{hlcdmffs}{lbmd,unsetalphabet,kernoff,ffsb8r scaled

\installfont{hlcrimaffs}{lbmo,unsetalphabet,kernoff,ffsri8r scaled
\installfont{hlcdimaffs}{lbmdo,unsetalphabet,kernoff,ffsbo8r scaled

\installfont{hlcrimffs}{lbmi,unsetalphabet,kernoff,ffsri8r scaled
\installfont{hlcdimffs}{lbmdi,unsetalphabet,kernoff,ffsbo8r scaled


%%%%%%%%%%%% END OF FILE %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%

What I ended up with, was that my text font is indeed used in math mode  
(after copying and renaming lucbmath.sty and replacing hlcm with  
hlcmffs where necessary), the lowercase greek symbols show up, but I  
lost the brackets (,), [,], and lots of other symbols (e.g. \Joint  

Searching the web for helpful documentation wasn't very succesful  
either. The only interesting reference I found was an article by  
Thierry Bouche, "Diversity in Math Fonts", who however makes use of  
.mtx-files he doesn't describe (e.g. zrhax.mtx) and which are not  
present in my installation of gwtex.

So my question is: Is somebody out there who has some experience with  
this kind of problem and who can point me (and others interested in  
this problem) to a possible solution?

A follow up: If OpenType fonts are installed with the help of Eddie  
Kohlers LCDF TypeTools, only pfb, vf, and tfm files are generated; but  
if one wants to use such a text font in math mode, one faces the  
problem that fontinst presupposes the existence of afm-files. This  
raises the question whether it is possible to generate adequate  
afm-files on the basis of LCDF-generated vf- and tfm-files.

Any help is very much appreciated.

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