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NetBSD 6.1.5 - man page for groff_font (netbsd section 5)

GROFF_FONT(5)									    GROFF_FONT(5)

       groff_font - format of groff device and font description files

       The  groff  font  format is roughly a superset of the ditroff font format.  The font files
       for device name are stored in a directory devname.  There are two types of file: a  device
       description  file  called  DESC	and for each font F a font file called F.  These are text
       files; unlike the ditroff font format, there is no associated binary format.

   DESC file format
       The DESC file can contain the following types of line as shown below.   Later  entries  in
       the file override previous values.

	      This  line and everything following in the file are ignored.  It is allowed for the
	      sake of backwards compatibility.

       family fam
	      The default font family is fam.

       fonts n F1 F2 F3...Fn
	      Fonts F1...Fn will be mounted in the font positions m+1,...,m+n where m is the num-
	      ber  of styles.  This command may extend over more than one line.  A font name of 0
	      will cause no font to be mounted on the corresponding font position.

       hor n  The horizontal resolution is n machine units.

       image_generator string
	      Needed for grohtml only.	It specifies the program  to  generate	PNG  images  from
	      PostScript  input.   Under  GNU/Linux  this  is  usually gs but under other systems
	      (notably cygwin) it might be set to another name.

       paperlength n
	      The physical vertical dimension of the output medium in machine units.  This  isn't
	      used by troff itself but by output devices.  Deprecated.	Use papersize instead.

       papersize string
	      Select a paper size.  Valid values for string are the ISO paper types A0-A7, B0-B7,
	      C0-C7, D0-D7, DL, and the US paper types letter, legal, tabloid, ledger, statement,
	      executive, com10, and monarch.  Case is not significant for string if it holds pre-
	      defined paper types.  Alternatively, string can be a file name  (e.g.  `/etc/paper-
	      size');  if  the	file  can be opened, groff reads the first line and tests for the
	      above paper sizes.  Finally, string can be  a  custom  paper  size  in  the  format
	      length,width  (no  spaces  before and after the comma).  Both length and width must
	      have a unit appended; valid values are `i' for inches, `c' for centimeters, `p' for
	      points,  and  `P'  for  picas.  Example: 12c,235p.  An argument which starts with a
	      digit is always treated as a custom paper format.  papersize sets both the vertical
	      and horizontal dimension of the output medium.

	      More  than  one  argument can be specified; groff scans from left to right and uses
	      the first valid paper specification.

       paperwidth n
	      The physical horizontal dimension of the output medium in  machine  units.   Depre-
	      cated.   Use  papersize  instead.   This	isn't  used by troff itself but by output

	      Make troff tell the driver the source file name being processed.	This is  achieved
	      by another tcommand: F filename.

       postpro program
	      Use program as the postprocessor.

       prepro program
	      Call program as a preprocessor.

       print program
	      Use program as the spooler program for printing.	If omitted, the -l and -L options
	      of groff are ignored.

       res n  There are n machine units per inch.

       sizes s1 s2...sn 0
	      This means that the device has fonts at s1, s2,...sn scaled points.   The  list  of
	      sizes  must  be  terminated by a 0.  Each si can also be a range of sizes m-n.  The
	      list can extend over more than one line.

       sizescale n
	      The scale factor for pointsizes.	By default this has a value  of  1.   One  scaled
	      point  is  equal to one point/n.	The arguments to the unitwidth and sizes commands
	      are given in scaled points.

       styles S1 S2...Sm
	      The first m font positions will be associated with styles S1...Sm.

	      This means that the postprocessor can handle the t and u output commands.

       unitwidth n
	      Quantities in the font files are given in machine units for fonts whose point  size
	      is n scaled points.

	      Make  the font handling module always return unscaled character widths.  Needed for
	      the grohtml device.

	      This command indicates that troff should encode  named  characters  inside  special

       vert n The vertical resolution is n machine units.

       The  res,  unitwidth, fonts, and sizes lines are compulsory.  Not all commands in the DESC
       file are used by troff itself; some of the keywords (or even additional ones) are used  by
       postprocessors to store arbitrary information about the device.

       Here  a	list  of  obsolete keywords which are recognized by groff but completely ignored:
       spare1, spare2, biggestfont.

   Font file format
       A font file has two sections.  The first section is a sequence of lines each containing	a
       sequence  of  blank  delimited  words; the first word in the line is a key, and subsequent
       words give a value for that key.

       ligatures lig1 lig2...lign [0]
	      Characters lig1, lig2, ..., lign are ligatures; possible ligatures are ff, fi,  fl,
	      ffi  and ffl.  For backwards compatibility, the list of ligatures may be terminated
	      with a 0.  The list of ligatures may not extend over more than one line.

       name F The name of the font is F.

       slant n
	      The characters of the font have a slant of n degrees.  (Positive means forward.)

       spacewidth n
	      The normal width of a space is n.

	      The font is special; this means that when a character  is  requested  that  is  not
	      present  in the current font, it will be searched for in any special fonts that are

       Other commands are ignored by troff but may be used by postprocessors to  store	arbitrary
       information about the font in the font file.

       The  first section can contain comments which start with the # character and extend to the
       end of a line.

       The second section contains one or two subsections.  It must contain a charset  subsection
       and  it	may  also  contain  a  kernpairs subsection.  These subsections can appear in any
       order.  Each subsection starts with a word on a line by itself.

       The word charset starts the charset  subsection.   The  charset	line  is  followed  by	a
       sequence  of  lines.   Each  line gives information for one character.  A line comprises a
       number of fields separated by blanks or tabs.  The format is

	      name metrics type code [entity_name] [-- comment]

       name identifies the character: if name is a single character c then it corresponds to  the
       groff  input  character	c; if it is of the form \c where c is a single character, then it
       corresponds to the special character \[c]; otherwise it corresponds  to	the  groff  input
       character  \[name].   If  it is exactly two characters xx it can be entered as \(xx.  Note
       that single-letter special characters can't be accessed as \c; the only exception is  `\-'
       which is identical to `\[-]'.  The name --- is special and indicates that the character is
       unnamed; such characters can only be used by means of the \N escape sequence in troff.

       Groff supports eight-bit characters; however some utilities have difficulties with  eight-
       bit  characters.  For this reason, there is a convention that the name charn is equivalent
       to the single character whose code is n.  For example, char163 would be equivalent to  the
       character with code 163 which is the pounds sterling sign in ISO Latin-1.

       The type field gives the character type:

       1      means the character has a descender, for example, p;

       2      means the character has an ascender, for example, b;

       3      means the character has both an ascender and a descender, for example, (.

       The  code  field  gives the code which the postprocessor uses to print the character.  The
       character can also be input to groff using this code by means of the \N	escape	sequence.
       The code can be any integer.  If it starts with a 0 it will be interpreted as octal; if it
       starts with 0x or 0X it will be intepreted as hexadecimal.  Note,  however,  that  the  \N
       escape sequence only accepts a decimal integer.

       The  entity_name field gives an ascii string identifying the glyph which the postprocessor
       uses to print the character.  This field is optional and has been introduced so	that  the
       html  device  driver  can encode its character set.  For example, the character `\[Po]' is
       represented as `£' in html 4.0.

       Anything on the line after the encoding field resp. after `--' will be ignored.

       The metrics field has the form (in one line; it is broken here for the sake  of	readabil-


       There must not be any spaces between these subfields.  Missing subfields are assumed to be
       0.  The subfields are all decimal integers.  Since there is no associated  binary  format,
       these  values are not required to fit into a variable of type char as they are in ditroff.
       The width subfields gives the width of the  character.	The  height  subfield  gives  the
       height  of  the	character (upwards is positive); if a character does not extend above the
       baseline, it should be given a zero height, rather than a negative height.  The depth sub-
       field gives the depth of the character, that is, the distance below the lowest point below
       the baseline to which the character extends (downwards is positive); if a  character  does
       not  extend below above the baseline, it should be given a zero depth, rather than a nega-
       tive depth.  The italic-correction subfield gives the amount of space that should be added
       after  the  character  when  it	is immediately to be followed by a character from a roman
       font.  The left-italic-correction subfield gives the amount of space that should be  added
       before  the  character  when  it is immediately to be preceded by a character from a roman
       font.  The subscript-correction gives the amount of space that should  be  added  after	a
       character before adding a subscript.  This should be less than the italic correction.

       A line in the charset section can also have the format

	      name "

       This indicates that name is just another name for the character mentioned in the preceding

       The word kernpairs starts the kernpairs section.  This contains a sequence of lines of the

	      c1 c2 n

       This  means  that  when	character  c1 appears next to character c2 the space between them
       should be increased by n.  Most entries in kernpairs section will have  a  negative  value
       for n.

       /usr/share/groff_font/devname/DESC   Device description file for device name.

       /usr/share/groff_font/devname/F	    Font file for font F of device name.

       groff_out(5), troff(1).

Groff Version 1.19.2			 February 6, 2006			    GROFF_FONT(5)

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