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Chapter 7. Fonts and Encodings > 7.10. Setting up new fonts

7.10. Setting up new fonts

7.10.1. Overview

Setting up new fonts for use with LaTeX basically means filling the internal font selection tables with information necessary for later associating a font request in a document with the external .tfm file containing character information used by (La)TeX. Thus the tables are responsible for associating with

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the external file cmdunh10.tfm. To add new fonts, you need to reverse this process. For every new external font you have to ask yourself five questions:

1. What is the font’s encoding scheme—that is, which characters are in which positions?

2. What is its family name?

3. What is its series (weight and width)?

4. What is its shape?

5. What is its size?

The answers to these questions will provide the information necessary to classify your external font according to the LaTeX conventions, as described in Section 7.9. The next few sections discuss how to enter new fonts into the NFSS tables so that they can be used in the main text. You normally need this information if you want to make use of new fonts—for example, if you want to write a short package file for accessing a new font family. Later sections discuss more complicated concepts that come into play if you want to use, for example, special fonts for math instead of the standard ones.


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