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Guide to the Richard Southall Papers
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Description
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.
Background
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.
Extent
1.5 Linear feet
Restrictions
All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California 94304-6064. Consent is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner, heir(s) or assigns. See: http://library.stanford.edu/depts/spc/pubserv/permissions.html.
Availability
Open for research. Audio-visual materials are not available in original format, and must be reformatted to a digital use copy.