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To see a sample of one font on a Datadisk terminal, R DDFONT and give it
the name of the font (e.g. "NGR30"). Say HELP DDFONT for more info.
To print a sample of a particular font on the XGP, say
R FCOPY;<file name>/INFO/SAMPLE. Say HELP FCOPY to learn more of its
To print a sample text on the XGP in a number of different fonts for
comparison, say R FSAMPL.
To make a .TFX file for an existing font (needed if and only if you want
to use this font with the TEX document compiler), say R TFXGEN.
To edit .TFX files, use TFXPR and TFDRD. Say READ TFX for more info.
To examine or edit characters in an existing font, use EDFONT, described
To edit the characters of a font using E, use FMUNGE, described in
FMUNGE.REF[UP,DOC] or FNTCHR/CHRFNT, described in FNTCHR.MAI[UP,DOC].
FMUNGE is probably easier to use; FNTCHR/CHRFNT were designed for use
with the METAFONT system.
To create a new font use TVFONT, described in TVFONT.BGB[UP,DOC], or
PIX, described briefly via HELP PIX.
To scale the size of a font use FSCALE, described in FSCALE.DON[UP,DOC].
To combine selected characters from two fonts, use COMBIN (say HELP
COMBIN for description).
To compile a font, RUN UFC[XGP,SYS]. UFC.REG[UP,DOC] explains what
compiling a font means, and why it's good for you.
To poke at all sorts of mystic parameters in a font file (not recommended
unless you know what you're doing!), R FONT. FONT.BH[UP,DOC] is the
documentation file for this program. One warning in particular: Using
FONT to find out the height or width of a few characters (using the
"modify chars" option) will cause the file's last-written date to
change, obsoleting the CFT (compiled font) file for that font. Make a
copy of the file and look at that instead.
To learn about the format of font files, see FORMAT.DOC[XGP,SYS].
Some of the above programs append the ".FNT[XGP,SYS]" if you leave it
out, but all of them (I think) will accept the complete file name if
you type it all.