[tex-k] Which fonts are installed?

Robin Fairbairns Robin.Fairbairns at cl.cam.ac.uk
Mon Feb 24 13:05:41 CET 2003

> (I looked on the web for some help, but I am not been able to find 
> anything:

(and also posted to comp.text.tex)

> I think this is the right place to ask.)

it's certainly a candidate.  i doubt you'll get much more change out
of this forum than you did of comp.text.tex

> I know there is a useful file called testfont.tex: its only drawback is 
> that it asks me for the font to be tested... I would like to tell him: 
> test all fonts!

knuth wrote testfont as a font-testing tool (surprise!); there's
little chance that anything at the tex level could make sensible
decisions about the existence or otherwise of a font.

> Somebody suggested me to look for all *.tfm files and test them, with a 
> script. It works, but it doesn't show all the fonts (for example, ecbl is 
> missing), and it can also show some font which is not available.

ecbl isn't a font.  ecbl0500, ecbl0600, ecbl0700, ecbl0800, ecbl0900,
ecbl1000, ecbl1095, ecbl1200, ecbl1440, ecbl1728, ecbl2074, ecbl2488,
ecbl2986 and ecbl3583 are.  which one do you want?

> Wouldn't it be nice if there were an utility for this?

it would be nice if microsoft would contribute a few salaries to help
develop such things, too.

until someone can think of heuristics to find which fonts are *worth*
printing (let alone the ones that *really* exist in some form other
than tfm or tfm-vf sequence), i wouldn't recommend anyone even to


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