[texhax] Fonts for Beginners

William Adams will.adams at frycomm.com
Wed Jul 25 14:00:15 CEST 2012

On Jul 24, 2012, at 10:46 AM, Paul Stanley wrote:

> Does the list recommend a text on the subject of fonts for a complete beginner?

What aspect?

If you mean for installation into old styles of TeX, then Philipp
Lehman's Font Installation Guide:


If you mean ``just'' using them, then von Bechtolsheim's _TeX in Practice_ Vol. 2: Paragraphs, Math, and Fonts_ is quite good.

If you mean installing and using them in interesting ways, then Alan Hoenig's _TeX Unbound_:


If you mean using them in a ``modern'' TeX system then Will Robertson's FontSpec:


If you haven't read _The Elements of Typographic Style_ by Robert Bringhurst, it should go to the top of the list.

I list a couple of books here:


Other good background materials, Simon Oliver's _Introduction to Typography_.

I also list some books which you may find of interest on this broadside:


William Adams
senior graphic designer
Fry Communications
Sphinx of black quartz, judge my vow.

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