\doabstract{Introduction to MetaPost}
{Klaus H\"oppner}
{\MP{} is a program strongly related to Knuth's orginal \MF{}. It uses
nearly the same graphics language and syntax, but instead of bitmap
fonts it produces PostScript output. So it can be used to create high
quality graphics.
In \MP{}, points and paths may be described by a set of linear equations
that are solved by the program. Thus, \MP{} becomes unique among other
tools like \PSTricks\ or commercial applications (e.\,g.\
CorelDraw). Additionally, the PostScript subset created by \MP{} can be
interpreted by pdf\TeX. So \MP{} figure can be directly included with
e.\,g.\ the standard \pkgname{graphics} package, while normal \EPS\
images have to be converted first to be usable with pdf\LaTeX.
The talk will present the basic features of \MP{} on a beginner's
level, introducing the definition of points, creation of paths and
their transformations, and show some examples how \MP{} solves linear
equations.
}