[tex-live] Metafont fonts and X (font server?)

Taco Hoekwater taco at elvenkind.com
Sat Jun 21 09:55:41 CEST 2008

Giuseppe Bilotta wrote:
> On Wednesday 11 June 2008 15:41, George N. White III wrote:
>> My guess is that the X font machinery doesn't really have all the 
>> capabilities needed to support maths layout, so it may not be
>> enought just to get bitmaps.
> If .mf support could be added to freetype, Xorg (and lots of other
> apps) would get it for free as well. Of course the problem is adding
> support for it to freetype. Maybe mplib could give a hand in that?

Maybe, but only after quite a lot of extra work. As you know,
metapost does not create bitmaps, and the graphics it produces
are not easy to convert to a font-format either. On top of that,
it is not 100% compatible with metafont. Too much work for me,
especially compared to the (imho very small) gain of being able
to use .mf directly.

Best wishes,

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