[Top][All Lists]

[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index]

medieval font design

From: Till Rettig
Subject: medieval font design
Date: Thu, 01 Feb 2007 21:39:35 +0200
User-agent: Thunderbird (X11/20070103)


I am slowly evolving in my ideas and trials on the "ancient" fonts for lilypond. So far I have a couple of good scans from which I would like to take the shapes. But how is the best to get them into metafont? I found something about mfpic (probably not good in this case), fig2mf (sounds already better) and ps2mf (this might be the best?). But are they good, can they do the job? I am so far imaginating that I would take the scans as a picture and then kind of draw around them inside of a vector programm. This would give them at least a really "handwritten" lining. The other idea that somehow sounded logical to me was the way suggested in the fontforge tutorial: designing a glyph by setting points at the outline of the glyph until there are enough points to describe the form. But how is this done for instance in xfig? (As far as I understand fontforge doesn't export to fm). I acknowleged the fact that I will have to learn something about metafont anyways, I thought I would go through the metafont tutorial by Christophe Grandsire, this is old but since the program seems to be the same... At the moment it just seems that I won't be able to draw the wanted forms nonvisually, that is in the way that I would just write a mf file.

Then about the single parts of the font (now for some white and black mensural notation): I will create noteheads and stems extra, but since the stems in some cases will have a form like the stem from the ! sign (bigger at top), they won't fit together with the flags. So should there be a separate flag + stem or rather a stem-flag combination?

And still the idea about introducing some variability to mimick the handscribe, that is to have about four or five slightly different glyphs that would be used in arbitrary order. Is something like this possible in lilypond?

Ok, so far

reply via email to

[Prev in Thread] Current Thread [Next in Thread]