CTAN Submission -- CM-Super font package v0.3.0
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
MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the
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.
----- 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.
for the CTAN team
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