tftopl



TFTOPL(1)                                                            TFTOPL(1)




NAME

       tftopl - convert TeX font metric (tfm) files to property lists


SYNOPSIS

       tftopl  [  -charcode-format=format  ]  [  -verbose  ]  tfm_name[.tfm] [
       pl_name[.pl] ]


DESCRIPTION

       This manual page is not meant to be exhaustive.  The complete  documen-
       tation  for this version of TeX can be found in the info file or manual
       Web2C: A TeX implementation.

       The tftopl program translates a (program-oriented) font metric file  to
       a (human-oriented) property list file.  Thus, you can edit the contents
       of the TFM files, if the font designer has not  done  his  or  her  job
       properly,  or if you’re encountering strange difficulties, or if you’re
       just curious.  It also serves as a TFM-file validating  program,  i.e.,
       if no error messages are given, the input file is correct.

       The  pl_name  is extended with .pl if it lacks a suffix.  If pl_name is
       not given, standard output is used. Likewise, tfm_name is extended with
       .tfm  if  it lacks a suffix.  Also, path searching is done for the .tfm
       file using the environment variable TEXFONTS.   If  that  is  not  set,
       tftopl uses the system default.

       See tex(1) for the details of the searching.


OPTIONS

       The  argument  format to -charcode-format specifies how character codes
       are output in the PL file.  By default, only  letters  and  digits  are
       output using the C integer code (i.e., in ASCII); the others are output
       in octal.  (Unless the font’s coding scheme starts with TeX math sy  or
       TeX  math  ex,  in which case all character codes are output in octal.)
       If format is ascii, all character  codes  that  correspond  to  graphic
       characters,  besides  the  left  and  right  parentheses, are output in
       ASCII.  Finally, if format is octal, all character codes are output  in
       octal.

       Without the -verbose option, tftopl operates silently.  With it, a ban-
       ner and progress report are printed on stdout.


SEE ALSO

       pltotf(1),
       Donald E. Knuth, TeX for nroffware.
       Donald E. Knuth, The Metafontbook (Volume C of Computers  and  Typeset-
       ting), Addison-Wesley, 1986, ISBN 0-201-13445-4.


AUTHORS

       Donald  E. Knuth wrote the program. It was published as part of the TeX
       for nroffware technical report, available from  the  TeX  Users  Group.
       Howard Trickey and Pavel Curtis originally ported it to Unix.



Web2C 7.5.4                    17 December 1994                      TFTOPL(1)

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