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Frequently Asked Questions About Fonts
                                                    The comp.fonts FAQ
                                                        Version 2.1.5.
                                                       August 14, 1996
Compiled by Norman Walsh

Copyright (C) 1992-95 by Norman Walsh <norm@ora.com>. The previous version was 2.1.4.

Portions of the OS/2 section are Copyright (C) 1993 by David J. Birnbaum. All rights reserved. Reproduced here by permission.

Permission is granted to make and distribute verbatim copies of this document provided the copyright notice and this permission notice are preserved on all copies.

General Information

Many FAQs, including this one, are available by anonymous ftp from rtfm.mit.edu in the directory pub/usenet/news.answers. Each posted section of the FAQ is archived under the name that appears in the ``Archive-name'' header at the top of the article. If you are unable to access rtfm.mit.edu via ftp, you can get the FAQs via email. Send the message ``help'' to mail-server@rtfm.mit.edu.

This FAQ is a work in progress. If you have any suggestions, I would be delighted to hear them. After many months of inactivity, I hope to begin a major update on the FAQ. Please send in your comments. And thanks for being patient.

This FAQ is maintained in TeXinfo format. A Perl script constructs the postable FAQ from the TeXinfo sources. The FAQ is also available from The comp.fonts Home Page on the World Wide Web:


This is also the site for The Internet Font Archives.

TeX DVI, PostScript, Emacs Info, plain text, and HTML versions of this FAQ are available from the web at http://www.ora.com/homepages/comp.fonts/FAQ.htm. FTP access to these archives has been temporarily suspended.

The posted version of the FAQ is organized in a quasi-digest format so that it is easy to find the questions you are interested in. All questions that appear in the table of contents can be found by searching for the word ``Subject:'' followed by the question number.

The ``TeXinfo'' distribution from the Free Software Foundation contains a program called ``Info'' that can be used to read the Info version of the FAQ in a hypertext manner. The ``TeXinfo'' distribution can be obtained from prep.ai.mit.edu in the /pub/gnu directory. At the time of this writing, texinfo-2.16.tar.gz is the most recent version. Info files can also be read in hypertext form by GNU Emacs.

Future versions of the FAQ will make more use of the hypertext capabilities provided by the Info format. At present, the FAQ is organized as a simple tree. A plain ASCII, postable version of the FAQ will always be maintained.

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Standard disclaimers apply.

Excerpted from The comp.fonts FAQ, Copyright © 1992-96 by Norman Walsh