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        Copyright (c) 1989 by N. N. Billawala
        The following file contains information about the Pandora
        Family of fonts. The fonts were developed using Metafont.
        These fonts should be considered as in a beta state.



        The files are set up according to the following scheme:

        <general font file>
                Contains all the parameters for varying the font.
		pnb10.mf, pnr10.mf, pnsl10.mf, pnss10.mf, pnssb10.mf,
		pnssi10.mf, pntt9.mf 
          <general macros file> 
                Macros used in the various characters. 
          <character set file> 
                Determines which set of characters will be in the font.
                rotext.mf, tttext.mf
            <width information file>
                Determines the widths of the characters. Note that
                width values will change according to the individual
                shape of the character. 
            <individual character files>
                The actual character descriptions are here.         
                panlowers.mf, caps.mf, number.mf, pangreeku.mf, panaccent.mf,
                panpunct.mf, punctr.mf, puncts.mf, fligs.mf, ttchar.mf, 
            <ligature and kerning information file>

        In order to create a font, you need only invoke Metafont, set 
        a mode for a device, and input one of the general font files. 
                % mf
                ** \mode=yourchoice; input pntt9 

           The intent of the Pandora project is to test the ideas and
        power of Metafont in a design context. The starting point
        came from broad ideas about type, rather than trying to
        create a specific predetermined typeface. 
           One strong driving force was the idea to create a generalized
        description of the visual relationship between characters in a
        typeface. This is far from saying that similar characters use
        parts that are "cut and pasted" directly from one to another.
        This is how a "straight arm" and "curved arm" came to be in the
        same macro, though they are visually quite different.
           Many parameters create an endless variety of possibilities.
        The concern was to create a basis from which a "reasonable"
        and readable set of fonts might be derived. It's not important 
        that all variations work, rather, that it's possible to find 
        a reasonable set within the basis. A rich description allows
        a designer to quickly look at a number of possibilities.         
           The character sets for the fixed width font and for the 
        variable width fonts correspond to those which Don Knuth used
        in the Computer Modern family of fonts. This was done 
        intentionally so that we would have compatible and 
        interchangeable character sets. The compatibility ends there. 
           All of the fonts are currently set for 10 pt type,
        except pntt9.mf, which is set for 9 pt type. Pntt9.mf (Pandora
        Single Pitch 9 works out to 15 characters per inch). Hooks
        have been put in for point size changes as well as for

        Comments, criticisms and suggestions are welcome.
        Please send them to me at 
        {decwrl, seismo, ihnp4, ucbvax ...} !sun!metamarks!nb

        N. N. Billawala

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pandora – The Pandora font family

The intent of the Pandora project was to test the ideas and power of in a design context. The starting point came from broad ideas about type, rather than trying to create a specific predetermined typeface. The fonts do not contain a full complement of OT1 glyphs.

support is available in the mfnfss bundle or (with “correct” font naming) in the pandora-latex bundle.

Version 1992-09-02
LicensesNo Commercial Use
Copyright1989 Nazeen. N. Billawala
MaintainerNazeen N. (Neenie) Billawalla
MF Font
See alsopandora-type1
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