[texhax] ligatures

Karl Berry karl at freefriends.org
Mon Jun 2 19:55:33 CEST 2003

    Can someone tell me about the how the font metric files in TeX
    handles the ligature and kerning information.

See http://www.ctan.org/tex-archive/systems/knuth/texware/tftopl.web for
details of the binary tfm format, and pltotf.web (same directory) for
details of the ASCII pl format that corresponds to it.  Among many other

For a user-level explanation, try The Metafontbook (mfbook.tex is
available on CTAN if you don't own it, but it's a lot easier to read in


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