Help please: How to get lining numerals into my small caps font.
Mon, 31 May 1999 12:13:23 -0400
Hilmar Schlegel wrote:
> Alan Vlach wrote:
> > Hello:
> > This is a low-level irritation about which I have posted one or two
> > queries over the last few months: I have a commercially-purchased set
> > of Sabon fonts which I like very much, but the small caps and oldstyle
> > figures are in the same file, so fontinst generates a font psbrc8t with
> > non-lining numerals in the numeral slots '060 through '071. I want to
> > put _lining_ numerals there.
> This requires renaming the characters which have a faulty name assigned.
> Either you do that explicitely in the AFM (the hard way) or have a
> version of scripts/fontinst which can cope without doing so explicitely.
As far as I can tell, none of the characters have a ``faulty name
assigned'' (whatever that means). The characters are correctly called
`zero', `one', `two', .... Fontinst is pulling the (correctly named)
numerals from the Sc+OsF font when I want it to pull the numerals from
the normal font. I don't understand what you mean by ``renaming the
> > This seems like an easy problem to solve and shouldn't have taken me the
> > hours I've spent so far. I am not looking for another full-scale
> > implementation of Sabon (no Y&Y commercials, please) or anything more
> > than just the answer to this specific question. Maybe it's in the
> > fontinst documentation, but I don't understand the syntax of fontinst
> > commands, so the docs don't make that much sense to me.
> Well, understanding fontinst basics is a requirement to make full use of
> font capabilities.
I would dearly love to understand the fontinst basics. Where is the
book that explains the basics? The fontinst documentation assumes that
the reader _already_ understands what the commands mean (``glyphon'' and
so forth) and provides precious few examples to illustrate what the
commands actually do. I need lots of carefully explained examples,
along the lines of ``A Gentle Introduction to TeX''.
For example, what command (or series of commands) would I employ to tell
fontinst: ``Take character in slot x of font A and put it in slot y of
font B.'' Nothing in the documentation explains clearly enough how to
> > So ... if anyone knows how, please tell me how to put lining numerals in
> > positions '060 through '071 of my psbrc8t font.
> Get the character naming in the AFM files correct.
Like I said, I don't understand what you mean by this. I don't think
the character names are incorrect, but assuming they _are_ incorrect,
_how_ do I get them correct? What file(s) do I edit? What commands do
I execute? If I alter the AFM files, don't I destroy fontinst's ability
to put oldstyle numerals where I _do_ want them? I really want to