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Direc­tory fonts/msym

From: bkph@kauai.ai.mit.edu (Berthold K.P. Horn)
Newsgroups: comp.fonts,comp.text.tex
Date: 14 Apr 93 11:38:57 GMT
Organization: MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab
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A Partial MSYM10 font.

There has been some discussion here regarding the relative virtues
of the `old' AMS Blackboard Bold (MSYM*) versus the `new' AMS
Blackboard Bold (MSBM*).  For some strange reason some people seem
to prefer the old version.  Unfortunately it appears the old version
is written in an old version of METAFONT and so is hard to use today 
to generate PK bintmap font files.

This discusssion reminded me of an ATM compatible Type 1 font that was made
up as a stop-gap measure long before the AMS font set became available in
Type 1 format.  This was a partial font containing just the most commonly
used letters from MSYM10, namely C, N, R, S, Z (for integers, reals, complex
numbers etc).  The outlines are not all perfectly accurate, but close enough
to be indistinguishable from the real thing when printed at the usual scale.

Attached find PFA, AFM, PFB, PFM, and TFM files.  On Unix/NeXT you'd
most probably want to use the PFA and AFM files, and on IBM PC compatibles
(and for ATM in Windows), the PFB and PFM files.  These files are included
here without warranties of any kind.  Use them if you know how.  
Please don't ask me how to use them with _your_ favourite printer driver 
or previewer - I almost certainly do _not_ know the answer!

Watch out for line wrapping introduced by email transferral...


P.S. this is only a partial font containing just the letters C, N, R, S, Z

Down­load the con­tents of this pack­age in one zip archive (7.0k).

msym – A par­tial im­ple­men­ta­tion of the old msym10 font

This Adobe Type 1 font pro­vides a good ap­prox­i­ma­tion to the ren­di­tion of the “im­por­tant” black­board bold let­ters from the old msym10 font, viz., C, N, R, S and Z. (There is a school of thought that be­lieves that msym10‘s black­board bold “looked bet­ter” than that of ms­b­m10, but msym10 is no longer avail­able.)

Ver­sion 1993-04-19
Main­tainerBerthold K. P. Horn
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