[texhax] tex font script

William F. Adams wadams at atlis.com
Thu Mar 24 15:20:54 CET 2005

On Mar 23, 2005, at 8:50 AM, m mishrikey wrote:

> has anyone ever seen a tex/latex script which will
> automagically generate an A-Z,a-z,1-9 font
> demonstration for all the available fonts?  if not, is
> there an easy way to produce this?

This has been discussed on comp.text.tex in the past.

It can be done w/ a bit of shell scripting (look for all .tfm files and 
generate a .tex file based on that list).

IMO, such brute force approaches aren't really appropriate. Better to 
read all the documentation (esp. psnfss2e), look at extant samples 
(http://www.tug.org/fonts/ lists some nice samplers including Peter 
Flynn's nifty one), or look at the TeX Showcase, 
http://www.tug.org/texshowcase to see examples of people using fonts.

Before I use a font, I learn where it came from, its history, and think 
carefully about how it might best be used, and then create a small font 
sampler book or other exemplar of it. You can see some of these at 

(who will be submitting a nice .pdf version of Mike Brotherton's _Star 
Dragon_ to the showcase presently ;)

William Adams, publishing specialist
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