Petr Sojka writes:
> "David Lemon & Anahit Deedy wrote about history of bitmapped fonts:"
> : Type 1 was the first digital font format to generate adequate bitmaps at
> : laser-printer resolutions, as well as the first to be used on different
> : imaging engines for "device independence". On-screen rasterization came
> : years later with ATM, and - a bit later still - with TrueType.
> There was METAFONT rasterizer by Donald Knuth
> with device independence and optical scaling in late seventies!
> DEK worked hard to code Computer Modern family of fonts (with 62 axes
> and optical scaling) to render well on low-res devices (from _one_
> source in METAFONT language). It was ages before Postscript, Type1
> and Adobe.
Good for you, Petr!
If anyone has access to back issues of TUGboat (quarterly publication
of the TeX Users Group), you can find some entertaining reminiscences
on METAFONT's development in two ``Question and Answer'' sessions,
which appear in TUGboat 17,4 (1996), pages 342--367.
The first (pp. 342--355) was from the Q&A hosted by the Dutch user
group, the NTG, in Amsterdam on 13 March 1996. The second
(pp. 355--367) was hosted by the Czech/Slovak group CSTUG earlier that
The Q&A held at the TUG annual meeting in 1995 in Florida didn't
really touch on METAFONT -- but it's also fun to read: TUGboat 17,1
(1996), pages 7--22.
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