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Re: 8r fonts

>  > PERL would be a much better tool to handle all the PS
>  > font stuff. And it is not too late to rewrite fontinst into PERL.
> Ho ho ho, very droll...  Yes, perl would have been a better language
> to start off with (in fact some of the postprocessing of fontinst
> fonts is done with perl) but I think it's too late to port fontinst.
> You could do it if you were prepared to change the syntax of .mtx and
> .etx files, but as it stands they are very TeX-specific, and writing a
> perl parser for them would be tantamount to writing a TeX-mouth
> interpreter in perl.
> If I were doing it all again I'd do it differently, but these days I
> tend to have a `not (very) broken so don't fix it (much)' feeling
> about fontinst.
> Alan.

In order to get a feeling for the effort needed to rewrite fontinst into
 (1) What exact role plays the .etx and .mtx files in the fontinst process?
 (2) Which parts can only be handled in TeX's mouth?