Alternatives to Computer Modern Mathematics

ALAN HOENIG

City University of New York

ajhjj@cunyvm.cuny.edu

**Abstract:**
It is apparently difficult to typeset mathematical documents using
fonts other than Computer Modern--at least to typeset them
properly. I discuss a technique for using METAFONT, of all
tools, to generate math fonts that are compatible with Type 1 scalable
roman fonts. The idea is to alter METAFONT font files so that
their parameters match Times Roman, Garamond, or whatever.

The resulting meta-fonts have figures and letters which look ghastly, although the mathematical symbols are quite acceptable. Using TEX's virtual font mechanism, we construct virtual math fonts which use the math symbols and discard the ghastly letterforms in favor of beautiful ones from the Type 1 fonts.

This is a mildly technical opeation, performed automatically by my MathKit tools, freely available on CTAN. I will be discussing these tools, detailed ways in which to use them, and will be displaying many examples of math fonts created from this technique.