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dancers – Font for Conan Doyle’s “The Dancing Men”

The (Sher­lock Holmes) book con­tains a code which uses danc­ing men as glyphs.

The al­pha­bet as given is not com­plete, lack­ing f, j, k, q, u, w, x and z, so those let­ters in the font are not due to Co­nan Doyle. The code re­quired word end­ings to be marked by the danc­ing man rep­re­sent­ing the last let­ter to be hold­ing a flag: these are coded as A-Z. thaTiStOsaYsen­tenceSiNthE­codElooK­likEthiS. In some cases, the man has no arms, mak­ing it im­pos­si­ble for him to hold a flag. In these cases, he is wear­ing a flag on his hat in the ‘char­ac­ter’.

The font is dis­tributed as source; it works poorly in mod­ern en­vi­ron­ments, and could do with ex­pert at­ten­tion (if you are in­ter­ested, please con­tact the CTAN team for de­tails).

Sources /fonts/dancers
Ver­sion 1995-03-10
Li­cense Free li­cense not oth­er­wise listed, or more than one free li­cense ap­plies
Main­tainer Alan Stanier
Con­tained in TeX Live as dancers
MiKTeX as dancers
Topics fonts them­selves
fonts dis­tributed as source
fonts de­signed more for fun than for ac­tual use

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