[texhax] Fonts for Beginners

William Adams will.adams at frycomm.com
Wed Jul 25 19:38:26 CEST 2012

On Jul 25, 2012, at 11:48 AM, Paul Stanley wrote:

> you named a number of books which might be interesting and helpful, however, none of them are accessible. I am not interested in font installation at this stage, I'm merely looking for a text, be it a web document, a TeX file,  or an accessible PDF (a bit of a contradiction I know) detailing the very basics of fonts, how they are structured, designed, the terminology  and so forth,taking nothing for granted about the reader's prior knowledge of the subjet matter.

If memory serves, the two .tex files do touch on some terminology. There might be some articles written for TUGboat which would be of use in source form --- you could contact the webmaster at tug.org address to get access to the source mayhap.

One other thought of a text --- have you looked at the METAFONT book?


A text, accessible to vision-impaired people on typography is an interesting idea --- I'm having a hard time envisioning such a thing though (but certainly Paul Isambert's row of bricks analogy is an excellent indication of the feasibility of such a thing).

I've been putting off writing a book on typography for Addison-Wesley for a long while now --- if I go back to doing this, would you be willing to be a first reader of it and provide me w/ feedback?


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

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