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AMSFonts Version 2.0 -- User's Guide


August 1991

AMSFonts is a collection of additional TeX fonts designed for use in mathematical material with AmS-TeX. This document lists the AMSFonts, and gives instructions and examples of their use. Only the Contents section of this document is available for online viewing. The full document is available at:

Many of the documents referred to in this document are available as PostScript files (.ps extention) in the directory: and most of the files used to produce these documents are available in the directory.

Standard distributions of TeX ordinarily come with all the fonts specified in PLAIN TEX, and they may also come with a number of additional fonts intended for use with LaTeX. Additional fonts designed for use in mathematics and defined in AmSTeX are not always included among such font collections. For this reason, the American Mathematical Society has compiled a collection, known as AMSFonts, which contains fonts of symbols and several alphabets corresponding to symbols and alphabets used in AMS publications, including the MathSci online database.

Warning: The fonts in this collection are suitable for use with AmSTeX Version 2.0, but are not compatible with earlier versions of AmSTeX. If you are using an older version of AmSTeX and are intending to use fonts from this Version 2.0 collection, you should obtain a new version of AmSTeX, if you haven't already done so. Similarly, earlier versions of this collection are not compatible with AmSTeX Version 2.0.
The AMSFonts collection contains the following fonts, in the sizes indicated:

The Euler family, all but EUEX in 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 point:
  • Fraktur (German), medium-weight and bold (EUFM and EUFB)
  • "Roman" cursive, medium-weight and bold (EURM and EURB)
  • Script, medium-weight and bold (EUSM and EUSB)
  • Euler-compatible extension font (EUEX), in 7, 8, 9, and 10 point
Additional sizes of some Computer Modern math fonts (the 10-point fonts are included in standard TeX distributions):
  • bold math italic (CMMIB), in 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 point
  • bold math symbols (CMBSY), in 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 point
  • math extension font (CMEX), in 7, 8, and 9 point (the 10-point font is included in standard TeX distributions)
Extra math symbols, in 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 point:
  • first series, medium-weight (MSAM)
  • second series, including Blackboard Bold, medium-weight (MSBM)
Cyrillic, developed at the University of Washington
  • lightface (WNCYR), in 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 point
  • bold (WNCYB), in 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 point
  • italic (WNCYI), in 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 point
  • caps and small caps (WNCYSC), in 10 point
  • sans serif (WNCYSS), in 8, 9, and 10 point
Computer Modern caps and small caps (CMCSC), in 8 and 9 point (the 10-point font is included in standard TeX distributions)
The "dummy font," used in AmSTeX for syntax checking, exists only as metrics (DUMMY TFM)
Other files needed to use these fonts:
  • AMSSYM TEX, a file defining the symbols in fonts MSAM and MSBM
  • AMSSYM DEF, a file that loads the fonts MSAM, MSBM and EUFM and defines some control sequences required by AMSSYM TEX
  • CYRACC DEF, a file containing definitions needed for proper access to characters in the cyrillic fonts
Other useful files:
  • USERDOC TEX, the source file for this User's Guide
  • USERDOC CYR, the source file for the table showing cyrillic input conventions, input by USERDOC TEX
  • USERDOC FNT, the source file for the tables of the principal 10-point fonts in the AMSFonts collection, input by USERDOC TEX; this file may also be TeXed by itself
  • USERDOC DEF, the macros used to format this User's Guide
Each font at a particular size is provided in seven standard TeX magnifications, magsteps 0 through 5, including magstephalf. The AMSFonts package for the IBM PC and compatibles includes all magnifications. For use with Textures on the Macintosh, the Standard AMSfonts package includes only magsteps 0 and 1; the Extended AMSFonts package includes all seven magnifications. All instances of every font have been newly generated for this release of the AMSFonts collection.

The philosophy under which the Euler fonts were implemented was different from that used for Computer Modern, and the result is a lower degree of "meta-ness". For that reason, the appearance of these fonts is not very good at small sizes when output on low-resolution devices, in particular on screens. Even so, the fonts are included in AMSFonts in all the sizes and magnifications offered, on the assumption that the printed output will be prepared on a device of higher resolution (at least 300dpi) where this effect will not be noticeable.


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