[tex-k] 128-character dvips encodings

Julian Gilbey J.D.Gilbey@qmul.ac.uk
Thu, 14 Feb 2002 09:01:15 +0000

On Thu, Feb 14, 2002 at 09:03:33AM +0100, Nicolai Langfeldt wrote:
> Julian Gilbey wrote:
> > 
> > Is there a reason why all of the .enc files with dvips are 256
> > characters long?  Wouldn't 128 character encoding vectors be more
> > appropriate for the original cm* fonts?  I've written such encoding
> > files if they would be of use.
> The original cm fonts do not need encoding vectors, the fonts are
> already correctly encoded.  Neither dvips nor xdvi needs vectors. Indeed
> xdvi can load type 1 cm fonts without any prompting or configuration of
> any kind.
> The vectors could be relevant as documentation perhaps.

But the fonts themselves need the vectors.  And for building new Type1
fonts, the vectors are important, for example cmr10+10.pfb for playing
with Han's pdfTeX expansion stuff.  I was playing with pktrace and
needed this (http://www.cs.uu.nl/~hanwen/pktrace/).



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