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Re: Google Summer of Code - Ideas List, please discuss

From: Carl Sorensen
Subject: Re: Google Summer of Code - Ideas List, please discuss
Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2012 17:29:16 +0000
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On 2/22/12 10:17 AM, "Han-Wen Nienhuys" <address@hidden> wrote:

>On Wed, Feb 22, 2012 at 3:12 PM, David Kastrup <address@hidden> wrote:
>> Han-Wen Nienhuys <address@hidden> writes:
>>> On Wed, Feb 22, 2012 at 4:42 AM, David Kastrup <address@hidden> wrote:
>>>>>> Somewhat independently, there is a Perl script that
>>>>>> (shudder) generates .pe script to transform a metapost output to a
>>>>>> Type 1 font.  I guess that could be done more concisely directly as
>>>>>> a python script.
>>>>> This sounds like a very nice addition.  Maybe generating Python
>>>>> be the default, retaining the old .pe approach with as an option.
>>>>> FontForge list is quite helpful in case questions arise.
>>>>> Scott Pakin, author of mf2pt1, will certainly add any improvements.
>>>> There is also a program/utility Metatype in the TeX world, and it has
>>>> been used for generating various Type1 fonts from Metafont sources.
>>> This looks very outdated, and it seems to use autotrace.  We abandoned
>>> traced outlines for exact conversions a few years ago.
>> I should be surprised, actually.  The Wikipedia page is at
>> <URL:>, and it explicitly states
>> that it can only work with filled outlines rather than pens, and the
>> toolchain processes the Bezier outlines from METAPOST.  For an
>> autotraced outline, that would make no sense, and there is no mention of
>> any tracing tool in the process.  I think that the Type1 versions of the
>> ec fonts were created with some kind of autotracing of large bitmaps,
>> but the Latin Modern fonts, as far as I know, were created using special
>> font sources adapted for Metatype1.  The whole Metatype1 project came
>> into being because the Polish programmers did not consider the
>> autotraced bitmap fonts to be of sufficient quality.
>I was looking at . Your wikipedia
>page doesn't host a live link, so I suppose the project died.

Metatype1 is hosted on a polish server:

and was updated in 2009 on the CTAN:

Since it's now 2012, I guess one could say the project died.

The project is placed in the public domain, so we could include it in
LilyPond if we wanted to.



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