[Pkg-fonts-devel] LaTeX font package naming convention
thep at linux.thai.net
Thu Oct 20 08:23:24 UTC 2011
On Thu, Oct 20, 2011 at 2:25 PM, Paul Wise <pabs at debian.org> wrote:
> On Thu, Oct 20, 2011 at 12:31 PM, Theppitak Karoonboonyanan wrote:
>> My question is: is there a naming convention for LaTeX
>> font packages?
>> For desktop font packages, it's in "fonts-<foundry>-<name>"
>> or "fonts-<name>" pattern. Should LaTeX fonts be in, say,
>> "fonts-latex-<foundry>" pattern?
>> And should the package Section: be "fonts" or "tex"?
>> ("tex", I guess?)
>> Note that I'm not splitting the package into families for LaTeX
>> fonts. Managing the font maps in sets is easier.
> Do fonts or font packages need to be different for TeX/LaTeX?
1) They are not accessible via fontconfig (except for XeTeX).
Rather, they are accessed via TeX font maps, with the help of
kpathsea indexing system.
The file locations are under /usr/share/texmf[-texlive] root dir,
2) They need special TFM (TeX Font Metrics) files for typesetting
with TeX, in addition to traditional Type 1 PFB and AFM files.
And in many cases, VF (Virtual Font) files are also required for
The traditional PFB (splines) and AFM (metrics) are not used
by TeX typesetting, but are used by rendering tools like xdvi
viewer or dvi2ps/dvipdfm PS/PDF generators.
3) For LaTeX, FD (Font Description) files are also used for
referencing fonts from within LaTeX documents.
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