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Re: maintaining modes.mf
- To: TeX fonts discussion <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Subject: Re: maintaining modes.mf
- From: "Thomas J. Reid" <X066TR@TAMVM1.BITNET>
- Date: Thu, 04 Apr 91 19:36:28 CST
- In-Reply-To: Message of Tue, 2 Apr 91 11:27:04 EST from <email@example.com>
- Organization: Texas A&M University Computing Services Center
>What I did was have a smarter program
>calling Metafont to look up in a table what mode name to use given
>the font name, device and magnification.
At Texas A&M, we took a similar approach to tuning fonts for our Xerox
printers. At first, we had a file that listed each font name and the
corresponding mode_def name to be used. (There were about ten different
mode_defs.) Later, we wrote a shell script (for UNIX) and an EXEC (for
VM/CMS) which took a file of font names, blacker, and fillin value and
ran METAFONT with a generic mode_def which set the "constant" values such
as resolution, aspect ratio, etc.
I think that instead of trying to come up with a relatively cryptic scheme
which maps parameter values to mode_def names, we should use a single mode_
def name for all fonts for a given device and have a "smart program" (when
needed) which reads a file of names and blacker/fillin values.