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Call Number: SC1002
Title: Richard Southall papers
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Language(s): The materials are in English.
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[identification of item], Ricahrd Southall Papers (SC1002). Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford
University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.
Richard Southall, lecturer in the Department of Typography and Graphic Communication at the University of Reading, England,
worked with Donald Knuth at Stanford between 1983 and 1986 on the Metafont Project.
Scope and Contents note
These papers pertain to Southall’s work on METAFONT and fall into four broad categories. The first concerns 'the CMR project':
the revision undertaken by Southall and Stanford Prof D. E. Knuth in March and April 1982 of Knuth’s original design for the
bold sanserif variant of the Computer Modern family of typefaces. The second consists of notes, teaching material, and products
from the course in METAFONT programming (CS279) that was given at Stanford in the summer of 1984 to introduce the new version
of the METAFONT language. The third category of material consists of notes and correspondence relating to the work of the
digital typography group at Stanford from late 1983 until the beginning of the CS279 course in 1984. The fourth comprises
development material, program listings, and tests for the two versions (known as TKMF and NMT) of Southall’s own METAFONT
font typeface design. This was begun in late 1983, revised in 1984 with the appearance of the new METAFONT, continued at the
Université Louis-Pasteur in Strasbourg in the summer of 1985, and eventually abandoned owing to the necessity for Southall
to complete his report "Designing new typefaces with METAFONT" (STAN-CS-85-1074) before leaving his post at Stanford.
Knuth, Donald Ervin, 1938-
METAFONT (Computer system).
Type and type-founding--Data processing.