Font utilities

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8.1.1 Fontconvert output options

The following table describes the options which affect the output file(s) Fontconvert writes. You can specify as many as you like. If you don't specify any, the default is to write nothing at all.

In the following, font-name stands for the root part of the main input file (see section 3.3.1 The main input file). The output filenames here are the defaults; you can override them with the `-output-file' option (see section 8.1.5 Miscellaneous options).

Output each character as an Encapsulated PostScript (EPS) file named `font-name-code.eps', where code is the character code (in decimal). This may be useful if the input "font" is actually a collection of images.

Output a GF font `font-name.dpigf', where dpi is the resolution of the input font in dots per inch. If this would overwrite the input file (presumably because it, too, is a GF font), then prepend `x' to the output name.

This is mainly useful in conjunction with options that change the characters in the input font in some way.

Write the output in a human-readable plain text form to standard output. The bitmap for each character is shown using `*' and ` '. This is an easy way to see what output is being generated, without going to the trouble of running TeX and a DVI driver. (The standard TeX programs GFtype and PKtype, which serve a similar purpose, do not always write the entire bitmap.)

Write a TFM file to `font-name.tfm'. If a TFM file `font-name.tfm' can be found, it is read, and an `x' is prepended to the output name.

If an existing TFM file is found, then Fontconvert uses it (by default) for the TFM header information, and for the ligature and kern information. Unless the `-baseline-adjust', `-column-split', filtering, or randomizing options were specified, Fontconvert also uses it for the character dimensions. (Those options radically change the appearance and size of the characters, so using the dimensions of the originals would be inappropriate.)

See section 8.1.4 Fontwide information options, for how to specify the global TFM information yourself, overriding the default.

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