CTAN update: modes
This update to modes.mf (the first since 2008) contains no new modes. What it does contain is a new macro (mode_include_extra_info) to make it convenient to enabled the inclusion of the so-called Xerox-world info, notably the coding scheme, from the command line. (This is not done by default per request from Don Knuth.) Soon, the mktextfm script distributed with TeX Live will look for an environment variable MF_MODE_EXTRA_INFO, and if set to something non-empty, call it. I also made some minor updates and fixes to the documentation, and included a pdf of the modes.mf file (made with mft) in the distribution. Feel free to send me any questions or comments (or new modes), or we use tex-fonts at math.utah.edu for a general discussion list. The only web page is on CTAN: https://ctan.org/pkg/modes
This package is located at http://mirror.ctan.org/fonts/modes More information is at https://www.ctan.org/pkg/modes
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modes – A collection of METAFONT mode_def’s
The modes file collects all known METAFONT modes for printing or display devices, of whatever printing technology. Special provision is made for write-white printers, and a ‘landscape’ mode is available, for making suitable fonts for printers with pixels whose aspect is non-square.
The file also provides definitions that make \specials identifying the mode in METAFONT’s GF output, and put coding information and other Xerox-world information in the TFM file.