CTAN Submission -- CM-Super font package v0.3.0

Reinhard Zierke zierke at dante.de
Fri Oct 12 09:59:16 CEST 2001

----- Forwarded message from Vladimir Volovich -----
Dear CTAN maintainers,

i'm uploading the CM-Super package to

It contains Type 1 fonts which cover entirely EC, TC and LH fonts
(see the README below for more information).
License conditions: GPL.

Please install it where you think it is more appropriate:
CTAN:fonts/psfonts/cm-super/ or CTAN:fonts/ps-type1/cm-super/

You have recently installed the similar package Tt2001 under

Compared to the Tt2001 package, this package

* covers much bigger set of fonts (all cyrillic encodings are added,
  and eventually also other encodings like greek and vietnamese)
* has the fonts optimized and hinted
* has more exact (non-integer) glyph widths and more correct
  parameters like ItalicAngle, Weight, isFixedPitch, etc.
* has more correct (AGL-compliant) glyph names (esp. for non-EC
  fonts), which makes the fonts usable in non-TeX applications, too
* is more compact (contains all glyphs from one font shape combined in
  one PFB file -- superfont). if one will use the approach with
  separate files for all supported encodings, the package will be 6 times
  bigger in size (and in number of font files).
  while supporting much bigger number of glyphs than Tt2001 package,
  the CM-Super package is even smaller! (partially because of font
* contains some additional glyph variants like german "sharp s"
  which looks like in CM fonts
* includes AFM files (useful for non-TeX applications)

[but Tt2001 package contains some additional non-EC and non-TC fonts
which are not and will not be covered by CM-Super package]

See the ChangeLog for list of changes from previous versions.

The README file follows.


                     CM-Super font package
                     version 0.3.0 (October 11, 2001)

  Copyright (c) 2001 Vladimir Volovich <vvv at vsu.ru>.

  This package is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify
  it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
  the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or
  (at your option) any later version.

  As a special exception, permission is granted to include these font
  programs in a Postscript or PDF file that consists of a document that
  contains text to be displayed or printed using this font, regardless
  of the conditions or license applying to the document itself.

  This package is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
  but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
  GNU General Public License for more details.

  You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
  along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software
  Foundation, Inc., 59 Temple Place, Suite 330, Boston, MA  02111-1307  USA

The CM-Super package contains Type 1 fonts converted from METAFONT
fonts and covers entire EC/TC and LH fonts (Computer Modern font
families). All European and Cyrillic writings are covered. Each Type 1
font program contains ALL glyphs from the following standard LaTeX
font encodings: T1, TS1, T2A, T2B, T2C, X2, and also Adobe
StandardEncoding (585 glyphs per non-SC font and 468 glyphs per SC
font), and could be reencoded to any of these encodings using standard
dvips or pdftex facilities (the corresponding support files are also

The goal was to provide full support for a wide number of fonts used
in LaTeX, and at the same time minimize the number and total size of
font files. Each Type 1 font shares all common glyphs which are present
in supported encodings. E.g. Latin letters, Russian letters, accents
and a number of other glyphs which are present in more than one font
encoding are stored only once in Type 1 fonts.

These Type 1 fonts could be used as a drop-in replacement for LaTeX's
EC, TC, and LH fonts to create Postscript and PDF documents with
vector fonts (if you used METAFONT versions of EC, TC or LH fonts, no
changes to your LaTeX documents are required to use these Type 1 fonts
once you have them installed). You will still need the METAFONT
sources of these fonts to be able to generate needed TFM metric files
(once you have them generated, METAFONT will not be used). You could
also prepare EPS or PDF illustrations in your favorite applications
with texts written using these fonts, and then include them in your
LaTeX documents. These fonts could be used not only in TeX-related
applications, but also as all other Type 1 text fonts, e.g. in Windows
(and you will be able to typeset multilingual texts using them).

Font file names correspond to the scheme used in EC fonts, with the
first two letters "sf" ("super font") instead of "ec".  E.g., sfrm1000.pfb
contains all glyphs from:
ecrm1000, tcrm1000, larm1000, lbrm1000, lcrm1000, rxrm1000.

The third and fourth letters in the font name correspond to font shape.
The list of provided font shapes is included below:

  rm:  Computer Modern Roman
  sl:  Computer Modern Slanted
  ti:  Computer Modern Italic
  cc:  Computer Modern Caps and Small Caps
  ui:  Computer Modern Unslanted Italic
  sc:  Computer Modern Slanted Caps and Small Caps
  ci:  Computer Modern Classical Serif Italic
  bx:  Computer Modern Bold Extended
  bl:  Computer Modern Bold Extended Slanted
  bi:  Computer Modern Bold Extended Italic
  xc:  Computer Modern Bold Extended Caps and Small Caps
  oc:  Computer Modern Bold Extended Slanted Caps and Small Caps
  rb:  Computer Modern Roman Bold
  bm:  Computer Modern Roman Bold Variant
  ss:  Computer Modern Sans Serif
  si:  Computer Modern Sans Serif Slanted
  sx:  Computer Modern Sans Serif Bold Extended
  so:  Computer Modern Sans Serif Bold Extended Slanted
  tt:  Computer Modern Typewriter
  st:  Computer Modern Typewriter Slanted
  it:  Computer Modern Typewriter Italic
  tc:  Computer Modern Typewriter Caps and Small Caps
  vt:  Computer Modern Variable Width Typewriter
  vi:  Computer Modern Variable Width Typewriter Italic
  dh:  Computer Modern Dunhill Roman
  fb:  Computer Modern Fibonacci Medium
  fs:  Computer Modern Fibonacci Slanted
  ff:  Computer Modern Funny Roman
  fi:  Computer Modern Funny Italic

Each font shape comes in 14 font sizes ranging from 5pt to 35.83pt (or
11 font sizes for typewriter fonts ranging from 8pt to 35.83pt).
Also, the following 13 one-sized font shapes are included:

  sflq8:     Computer Modern SliTeX Sans Serif Quotation
  sfli8:     Computer Modern SliTeX Sans Serif Quotation Inclined
  sflb8:     Computer Modern SliTeX Sans Serif Quotation Bold
  sflo8:     Computer Modern SliTeX Sans Serif Quotation Bold Oblique
  sfltt8:    Computer Modern LaTeX Typewriter
  isflq8:    Computer Modern SliTeX Sans Serif Quotation Invisible
  isfli8:    Computer Modern SliTeX Sans Serif Quotation Inclined Invisible
  isflb8:    Computer Modern SliTeX Sans Serif Quotation Bold Invisible
  isflo8:    Computer Modern SliTeX Sans Serif Quotation Bold Oblique Invisible
  isfltt8:   Computer Modern LaTeX Typewriter Invisible
  sfsq8:     Computer Modern Sans Serif Quotation
  sfqi8:     Computer Modern Sans Serif Quotation Inclined
  sfssdc10:  Computer Modern Sans Serif Demi Condensed

Fonts were created using TeXtrace (based on AutoTrace and
Ghostscript), t1utils and a bunch of Perl scripts, and were optimized
and hinted using FontLab 3.1. The set of UniqueID values was
registered at Adobe. We use AGL compliant glyph names when possible
(there are some glyphs which are neither present in AGL nor in

I'd like to thank Peter Szabo for TeXtrace, Martin Weber for
AutoTrace, and FontLab Ltd. for providing a copy of FontLab.

It should be noted that while creating these fonts we intentionally
and on principle used only automatic methods which do not require font
designers talents. The aim was to use TOTALLY automatic conversion of
METAFONT fonts to Type 1 format, automatic optimization and hinting,
with the best achievable quality of final Type 1 fonts, to be able to
re-generate the fonts if necessary (e.g. when a new version of
original METAFONT fonts will be released).  Undoubtedly, there are
fields for improvement of this approach, which we will use in future
versions of the fonts, but even now the fonts seem to look and print
quite good (we hope :-).

It appears that careless approach to FontLab's optimization and
auto-hinting facilities could lead to loss of quality of the original
font (some glyph shapes could be broken), so we used the most precise
optimization, and hope that optimized and hinted fonts are indeed
better than original traced fonts (also, they are significantly
smaller in size). So far, we did not find any bugs in optimized fonts.

Note that a small number of (fortunately, rarely used) fonts are not
included yet because of the bugs in EC font drivers which prevented
their generation. We plan to provide these missing fonts soon.
(Currently there are 376 Type 1 font files here, of total 401.)

The CM-Super package could be freely downloaded from
and also from
(see also ftp://ftp.vsu.ru/pub/tex/README for a list of mirrors)
The total size of all PFB files is about 53.3 Mb
(AFM files are provided, too, for use with non-TeX applications).

To install this package in teTeX or TeX Live systems, copy all Type 1
fonts (*.pfb files) to .../texmf/fonts/type1/public/cm-super/
directory and install the MAP (*.map) and ENC (*.enc) files to their
usual place (e.g. under .../texms/dvips/cm-super/), and instruct dvips
and pdftex to use these MAP files (e.g. using the "updmap" script).
Do not forget to update the texmf filename database (run mktexlsr).

If you wish to use the original CM germandbls (sharp s) shape, rather
than the new EC one, change "germandbls" to "germandbls.alt" in t1.enc.

Although this package is provided AS IS, WITHOUT WARRANTY (as
explained in the file PUBLIC), we welcome your comments and bug
reports which should be sent to the email address given above.

Happy TeXing!
----- End forwarded message -----

Thanks for the huge submission.  I installed it in
CTAN:/tex-archive/fonts/ps-type1/cm-super parallel to the above
mentioned .../ps-type1/em fonts.

Reinhard Zierke
for the CTAN team

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