TeX Font Guide

I had a most unpleasant time coaxing TeX to work with the postscript fonts on my computer. While all the necessary information is in principle contained in se­ve­ral excellent references on TeX, LaTeX, and dvips, the­se tended toward such ex­haus­tive elucidations of the relevent commands and tools that I had trouble ex­trac­ting what I wanted: the simple understanding ne­ces­sa­ry to get my TeX in­stal­la­tion working with my fonts. These web pages are my attempt at making the lives of those who wish to trod this rewarding path af­ter me less frustrating.

Table of Contents

BACKGROUND
An introduction to the handling of fonts in a TeX system
LaTeX FONT COMMANDS
Using the NFSS to set up families of fonts
OBTAINING TFM FILES
How to convert metric files for postscript fonts into TeX's format
CONFIGURING DVI INTREPRETERS
Telling dvips where to find glyph information
VIRTUAL FONTS
How to edit virtual property list files to produce richer fonts
OVERVIEW
A summary of what you have done

Consulting Available

If you would like assistance setting up your TeX installation to work with your fonts — or your layout specifications, or your automatically generated reports, or your people… — I offer TeX consulting and support services for negotiable fees. Please contact me at the address below.

David Wright, Last update 9 November 1998