[tex-live] PK fonts characters left blank by "dvips -P pdf" on windows

Khaled Hosny khaledhosny at eglug.org
Wed Nov 17 22:16:33 CET 2010

On Wed, Nov 17, 2010 at 09:07:55PM +0100, Reinhard Kotucha wrote:
> On 17 November 2010 Khaled Hosny wrote:
>  > I extracted the pfb files (with associated afm, pfm), wrote a map file
>  > and it seems to work, but y&y fonts lack 17, 12, 9 and 8 points, so the
>  > map file now looks like:
>  > 
>  > bbold17 BBOLD17 <bbold10.pfb
>  > bbold12 BBOLD12 <bbold10.pfb
>  > bbold10 BBOLD10 <bbold10.pfb
>  > bbold9 BBOLD9 <bbold10.pfb
>  > bbold8 BBOLD8 <bbold7.pfb
>  > bbold7 BBOLD7 <bbold7.pfb
>  > bbold5 BBOLD5 <bbold5.pfb
>  > 
>  > Is this right, or should I leave the missing sizes out so that bitmap
>  > fonts are used there?
> Hi Khaled,
> thanks for working on it.  However, it looks a bit odd to me.  As far
> as I understand, a metric file always has to match the actual font.

Right, I didn't think about metrics issue, but I was sure this is a
wrong approach, that is why I asked.

(skipping some great information)

> For further questions I recommend
>   http://mail.math.utah.edu/mailman/listinfo/tex-fonts
> because there are the experts.

I just wanted to do a single one time job to make these outline fonts
available since they already exist. So I think I'll just provide the
existing fonts as is, and it'll fallback to bitmap for the missing sizes
(which is not worse than current situation).

PS. I'd try to use mfpt1 to make type1 files for the 3 missing sizes,
though still not optimal is not worse than what we already have.


 Khaled Hosny
 Arabic localiser and member of Arabeyes.org team
 Free font developer

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