[texhax] Fonts for Beginners
herries.press at earthlink.net
Wed Jul 25 20:53:44 CEST 2012
I'm not sure what you mean by `accessible' --- can't you get hold of any of the mentioned texts or is it that having read them they don't provide what you are after?
In any case I suggest that Bringhurst's `The Elements of Typographic Style' and Smeijers' `Counterpunch' will help you.
I'm surprised that you don't find William's `Typeface Terminology' accessible in both senses of the word.
One book that is not in William's list is Karen Cheng, `Designing Type', Yale University Press, 2005 (ISBN 0-300-11150-9).
My `A Few Notes on Book Design' has a little on fonts, though whether it will help you I don't know. Try
which should display it on your terminal, otherwise it's on CTAN in /info/memdesign
>From: Paul Stanley <paulrichardstanley at gmail.com>
>Sent: Jul 25, 2012 4:48 PM
>To: texhax at tug.org
>Subject: Re: [texhax] Fonts for Beginners
>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.
>At 16:15 25/07/2012, you wrote:
>>On Jul 25, 2012, at 11:07 AM, Paul Stanley wrote:
>> > sorry William, none of these books are accessible.
>>Some of them should be:
>> > At 13:00 25/07/2012, you wrote:
>> >> 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?
>> >> If you mean for installation into old styles of TeX, then Philipp
>> >> Lehman's Font Installation Guide:
>> >> http://www.ctan.org/tex-archive/info/Type1fonts/fontinstallationguide/
>> >> If you mean using them in a ``modern'' TeX system then Will
>> Robertson's FontSpec:
>> >> http://ctan.org/tex-archive/macros/xetex/latex/fontspec/
>>I'll have to see about doing a version of the Typeface Terminology
>>broadside using TeX.
>>senior graphic designer
>>Sphinx of black quartz, judge my vow.
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