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       plotfont [ options ] fonts


       plotfont produces a character map for  any  font  that  is
       supported   by   the  plotting  utilities,  which  include
       graph(1), plot(1), pic2plot(1), tek2plot(1), and  the  GNU
       libplot  2-D graphics export library (see plot(3)).  Which
       fonts are supported depends on the output format  or  dis­
       play type, which is specified by the -T option.  A listing
       of the fonts available in any specified output format  may
       be obtained with the --help-fonts option (see below).

       The  character  map,  or maps, will be written to standard
       output in the specified format.  For example,  the  Times-
       Roman  font is available when producing Postscript output.
       The command plotfont -T ps Times-Roman >  charmap.ps  will
       yield  a  character  map  of  the  Times-Roman  font, in a
       Postscript format that can be viewed or  edited  with  the
       idraw(1)  drawing  editor.   The  Times-Roman font is also
       available when producing Fig output, which can  be  viewed
       or  edited  with  the xfig(1) drawing editor.  The command
       plotfont -T fig Times-Roman > charmap.fig will  yield  the
       same  character  map,  but  in  Fig  format rather than in
       Postscript format.

       As another example, the Univers  font  is  available  when
       producing  PCL  5  output.   The  command  plotfont -T pcl
       Univers > charmap.pcl will produce a character map of  the
       Univers font, in PCL 5 format.

       When producing output for the X Window System, i.e., for a
       popped-up window, any scalable X Window System  font  that
       has  an  XLFD  (i.e.,  X Logical Font Description) name is
       supported.   For  example,  the  command  plotfont  -T   X
       utopia-medium-r-normal  will  pop  up a window, and draw a
       character map of the Utopia-Regular font.  "utopia-medium-
       r-normal"  is  a  truncated  version of the Utopia-Regular
       font's XLFD name.  The Utopia-Regular font is available on
       most X Window System displays.


   General Options
       -T type
       --display-type type
              Select  type  as the output format or display type.
              It may be "X", "png", "pnm",  "gif",  "svg",  "ai",
              "ps",  "cgm", "fig", "pcl", "hpgl", "regis", "tek",
              or "meta" (the default).  These refer  respectively
              to  the  X  Window  System,  PNG  (Portable Network
              Graphics)   format,    portable    anymap    format
              output  file  is  produced  and written to standard

              Files in PNG, PNM, pseudo-GIF, AI,  or  Fig  format
              contain  only a single page of graphics.  So if the
              -T png option,  the  -T  pnm  option,  the  -T  gif
              option,  the  -T ai option, or the -T fig option is
              used, the output file will contain a character  map
              for only the first-specified font.

              A  listing  of the fonts available in any specified
              output format may be obtained with the --help-fonts
              option   (see  below).   If  a  requested  font  is
              unavailable, a default font  will  be  substituted.
              The  default  font  is  "Helvetica" for "X", "svg",
              "ai", "ps", "cgm", and "fig", "Univers" for  "pcl",
              and "HersheySerif" for "png", "pnm", "gif", "hpgl",
              "regis", "tek", and "meta".

              Generate a character map for the lower half of each
              specified font.  This is the default.

              Generate a character map for the upper half of each
              specified font.

              Number the characters in octal rather than in deci­
              mal (the default).

              Number the characters in hexadecimal rather than in
              decimal (the default).

       --box  Surround each character with  a  box,  showing  its
              extent to left and right.  The default is not to do

       -j row
       --jis-row row
              Generate a character map for row row of a  Japanese
              font arranged according to JIS [Japanese Industrial
              Standard] X0208.   The  only  such  font  currently
              available  is  the  HersheyEUC [Extended Unix Code]
              font.  If used, this option overrides the -1 and -2
              options.   The  valid  rows are 1...94.  In the JIS
              X0208 standard, Roman characters are located in row
              background color.

              If the -T png or -T gif option is used, a transpar­
              ent  PNG  file or a transparent pseudo-GIF, respec­
              tively, may be produced by  setting  the  TRANSPAR­
              ENT_COLOR  environment  variable to the name of the
              background color.  If the -T svg or -T  cgm  option
              is used, an output file without a background may be
              produced by setting the background color to "none".

       --bitmap-size bitmap_size
              Set  the  size of the graphics display in which the
              character map(s) will be drawn, in terms of pixels,
              to be bitmap_size.  The default is "570x570".  This
              is relevant only to plotfont -T X, plotfont -T png,
              plotfont  -T pnm, and plotfont -T gif, all of which
              produce bitmaps.  If you choose a rectangular (non-
              square)  window  size,  the  fonts in the character
              map(s) will be  scaled  anisotropically,  i.e.,  by
              different  factors  in  the horizontal and vertical
              directions.  For plotfont -T X,  this  requires  an
              X11R6  display.   Any font that cannot be scaled in
              this way will be replaced  by  a  default  scalable
              font, such as the vector font "HersheySerif".

              The  environment  variable  BITMAPSIZE  can equally
              well be used to specify the window size.  For back­
              ward  compatibility,  the X resource Xplot.geometry
              may be used instead.

       --emulate-color option
              If option is yes, replace each color in the  output
              by  an  appropriate  shade of gray.  This is seldom
              useful, except when using plotfont -T pcl  to  pre­
              pare  output  for a PCL 5 device.  (Many monochrome
              PCL 5 devices, such as monochrome LaserJets,  do  a
              poor job of emulating color on their own.)  You may
              equally well request color emulation by setting the
              environment variable EMULATE_COLOR to "yes".

       --numbering-font name
              Set  the font used for the numbering of the charac­
              ters in the character map(s)  to  be  name,  rather
              than the default.

       --page-size pagesize
              Set the size of size of the page on which the char­
              acter map(s) will be positioned.  This is  relevant
              only  to  plotfont -T svg, plotfont -T ai, plotfont
              -T ps, plotfont -T cgm, plotfont -T  fig,  plotfont
              -T pcl, and plotfont -T hpgl.  The default is "let­
              ter", which means an 8.5 inch by 11 inch page.  Any
              except plotfont -T hpgl, the graphics display will,
              by default, be centered on the page.   For  all  of
              the  above  except  plotfont -T svg and plotfont -T
              cgm, the graphics display may be repositioned manu­
              ally,  by specifying the location of its lower left
              corner, relative to the lower left  corner  of  the
              page.   For  example, the page size could be speci­
              fied   as   "letter,xorigin=2in,yorigin=3in",    or
              "a4,xorigin=0.5cm,yorigin=0.5cm".   It is also pos­
              sible to specify an offset  vector.   For  example,
              the  page  size could be specified as "letter,xoff­
              set=1in", or "letter,xoffset=1in,yoffset=1.2in", or
              "a4,yoffset=-1cm".  In SVG format and WebCGM format
              it is possible to specify the size of the  graphics
              display, but not its position.

       --rotation angle
              Rotate the graphics display by angle degrees.  Rec­
              ognized values are "0",  "90",  "180",  and  "270".
              "no"  and  "yes"  are  equivalent  to "0" and "90",
              respectively.  The  environment  variable  ROTATION
              can also be used to specify a rotation angle.

       --pen-color name
              Set the pen color to be name.  An unrecognized name
              sets  the  pen  color  to  the  default,  which  is

   Options for Metafile Output
       The  following option is relevant only if the -T option is
       omitted or if -T meta is used.  In this case the output of
       plotfont  will be in GNU graphics metafile format.  It may
       be translated to other formats by invoking plot(1).

              Output the portable (human-readable) version of GNU
              metafile  format,  rather  than  the binary version
              (the default).  The format of the binary version is

   Informational Options
       --help Print a list of command-line options, and exit.

              Print  a  table  of available fonts, and exit.  The
              table will depend on which output format or display
              type  is specified with the -T option.  plotfont -T
              X, plotfont -T svg, plotfont -T ai, plotfont -T ps,
              plotfont  -T  cgm, and plotfont -T fig each support
              the 35 standard Postscript fonts.  plotfont -T svg,
              plotfont  -T  pcl, and plotfont -T hpgl support the

              Print the version number of plotfont and the  plot­
              ting utilities package, and exit.


       The  environment variables BITMAPSIZE, PAGESIZE, BG_COLOR,
       EMULATE_COLOR, and  ROTATION  serve  as  backups  for  the
       options  --bitmap-size,  --page-size,  --bg-color,  --emu­
       late-color, and --rotation, respectively.   The  remaining
       environment  variables  are  specific to individual output

       plotfont -T X, which pops up a window on an X Window  Sys­
       tem  display  for  each  character map, checks the DISPLAY
       environment variable.  Its value  determines  the  display
       that will be used.

       plotfont  -T png and plotfont -T gif, which produce output
       in PNG format  and  pseudo-GIF  format  respectively,  are
       affected  by  the  INTERLACE environment variable.  If its
       value is "yes", the output will be interlaced.   Also,  if
       the  TRANSPARENT_COLOR  environment variable is set to the
       name of a color, that color will be treated as transparent
       in the output.

       plotfont  -T pnm, which produces output in portable anymap
       (PBM/PGM/PPM) format,  is  affected  by  the  PNM_PORTABLE
       environment  variable.   If its value is "yes", the output
       will be in a human-readable format rather than binary (the

       plotfont  -T  cgm,  which produces output in CGM (Computer
       Graphics Metafile) format, is affected by the CGM_MAX_VER­
       SION  and CGM_ENCODING environment variables.  By default,
       it produces a binary-encoded version of CGM version 3 for­
       mat.   For  backward compatibility, the version number may
       be reduced by  setting  CGM_MAX_VERSION  to  "2"  or  "1".
       Irrespective  of version, the output CGM file will use the
       human-readable clear text encoding if CGM_ENCODING is  set
       to  "clear_text".   However, only binary-encoded CGM files
       conform to the WebCGM profile.

       plotfont  -T  pcl,  which  produces  PCL  5   output   for
       Hewlett-Packard  printers and plotters, is affected by the
       environment variable PCL_ASSIGN_COLORS.  It should be  set
       to  "yes"  when producing PCL 5 output for a color printer
       or other color device.  This will  ensure  accurate  color
       reproduction  by giving the output device complete freedom
       in assigning colors, internally, to  its  "logical  pens".
       If it is "no" then the device will use a fixed set of col­
       ored pens, and will emulate other colors by shading.   The
       and  all  lines will be drawn with a default width.  Addi­
       tionally, if the version is "1" then the filling of  arbi­
       trary  curves with solid color will not be supported (cir­
       cles and rectangles aligned with the coordinate  axes  may
       be filled, though).

       The  position  of the plotfont -T hpgl graphics display on
       the page can be rotated  90  degrees  counterclockwise  by
       setting  the  HPGL_ROTATE  environment  variable to "yes".
       This is not the same as the  rotation  obtained  with  the
       --rotation option, since it both rotates the graphics dis­
       play and repositions its lower left corner toward  another
       corner  of  the  page.  Besides "no" and "yes", recognized
       values for HPGL_ROTATE are "0", "90",  "180",  and  "270".
       "no"  and  "yes"  are  equivalent to "0" and "90", respec­
       tively.  "180" and "270" are supported only  if  HPGL_VER­
       SION is "2" (the default).

       By default, plotfont -T hpgl will draw with a fixed set of
       pens.  Which pens are present may be specified by  setting
       the  HPGL_PENS  environment  variable.  If HPGL_VERSION is
       "1", the default  value  of  HPGL_PENS  is  "1=black";  if
       HPGL_VERSION  is  "1.5"  or  "2",  the  default  value  of
       HPGL_PENS         is         "1=black:2=red:3=green:4=yel­
       low:5=blue:6=magenta:7=cyan".   The format should be self-
       explanatory.  By setting HPGL_PENS you may specify a color
       for any pen in the range #1...#31.  All color names recog­
       nized by the X Window System may be  used.   Pen  #1  must
       always be present, though it need not be black.  Any other
       pen in the range #1...#31 may be omitted.

       If HPGL_VERSION is "2" then plotfont -T hpgl will also  be
       affected  by  the environment variable HPGL_ASSIGN_COLORS.
       If its value is "yes", then plotfont -T hpgl will  not  be
       restricted  to the palette specified in HPGL_PENS: it will
       assign colors to "logical pens" in the range #1...#31,  as
       needed.   The  default  value  is  "no" because other than
       color LaserJet printers and DesignJet plotters,  not  many
       HP-GL/2  devices allow the assignment of colors to logical

       Opaque filling and the drawing of visible white lines  are
       supported  only if HPGL_VERSION is "2" and the environment
       variable HPGL_OPAQUE_MODE is "yes" (the default).  If  its
       value  is  "no"  then white lines (if any), which are nor­
       mally drawn with pen #0, will not be drawn.  This  feature
       is  to  accommodate  older  HP-GL/2  devices.  HP-GL/2 pen
       plotters, for example, do not support opacity or  the  use
       of pen #0 to draw visible white lines.  Some older HP-GL/2
       devices may, in fact, malfunction if asked to draw  opaque

       "ansi.sys",  or  "nansi.sys",  it  is taken as a sign that
       plotfont is running in the VT100  terminal  emulator  pro­
       vided  by the MS-DOS version of kermit(1).  Before drawing
       graphics, plotfont -T tek will  emit  an  escape  sequence
       that  switches  the  terminal  emulator to Tektronix mode.
       Also, some of the Tektronix control codes emitted by plot­
       font -T tek will be kermit-specific.  There will be a lim­
       ited amount of color support, which is  not  normally  the
       case  (the 16 `ansi.sys' colors will be supported).  After
       drawing graphics, plotfont -T  tek  will  emit  an  escape
       sequence that returns the emulator to VT100 mode.  The key
       sequence `ALT minus' can be employed manually within  ker­
       mit to switch between the two modes.


       graph(1),  pic2plot(1), tek2plot(1), plot(1), plot(3), and
       "The GNU Plotting Utilities Manual".


       plotfont was written by  Robert  S.  Maier  (rsm@math.ari­


       Email bug reports to bug-gnu-utils@gnu.org.

FSF                          Jun 2000                 PLOTFONT(1)

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