FIGBAS (minifonts for figured-bass ligatures)
This package provides three Postscript Type 1 mini-fonts cmrj,
cmssj, plrj (and associated map file and metric files) with just
five "ligatures" for the combinations 2+, 4+, 5+, 6+, and 9+ used
in figured-bass notation in baroque music. The fonts are intended
for use with Computer Modern (cmr), Computer Modern Sans (cmss), and
Palatino/Palladio (pplr), respectively.
Unzip the archive tex-archive/install/fonts/figbas.tds.zip at the root
of a texmf hierarchy, preferably a "local" tree, such as $HOME/texmf
or /usr/local/share/texmf on a Un*x-like system or C:\localtexmf on a
Windows system; the documentation of your TeX distribution should tell
you where to install new files.
Updating the Filename Database
Most TeX systems improve the efficiency of file access by maintaining
a data base of file names. The documentation of your TeX distribution
should tell you what you have to do to update this data base after
adding new files. For example, on a teTeX-based system, execute
On a MikTeX system, execute
or click on Options and then the Refresh button for the file-name
Configuring the Font Maps
TeX systems maintain map files which associate font files with font
names. The file figbas.map in the archive defines the appropriate
associations for these fonts. The documentation of your TeX
distribution should tell you what you have to do to add the
associations in figbas.map to the global map file or files. For
example, on a TeXLive system, execute
updmap --enable Map=figbas.map
to updmap.cfg and run updmap (as a user) or updmap-sys (as root).
On a MikTeX system:
initexmf --edit-config-file updmap
and add the following at the end of the file:
+ Save the file and exit Notepad.
+ Refresh the file-name database and run
Using the Fonts
The fonts might be used in a TeX-based format such as MusixTeX as
% Uncomment one of the following three lines:
% \font\figfont=cmr7 \font\figplus=cmrj at 7pt
% \font\figfont=cmss8 at 7pt \font\figplus=cmssj at 7pt
\font\figfont=pplr8r at 7pt \font\figplus=plrj at 7pt
plrj.pfb is based on glyphs from the Palladio L Roman font by
URW++ Design and Development Incorporated
Poppenbuetteler Bogen 29A
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which is licensed under the GPL. The same license applies to plrj.pfb.
The font may be embedded in non-GPLed documents.
cmrj.pfb and cmssj.pfb are based on glyphs from the so-called "bluesky"
type-1 version of Knuth's Computer Modern Roman and Sans fonts. The
copyright to these type-1 fonts is now held by the AMS but modification
and distribution without their copyright notice is allowed; cmrj.pfb and
cmssj.pfb are licensed under the LPPL.
Download the complete
contents of this directory in one zip archive
figbas – Mini-fonts for figured-bass notation in music
This package consists of three mini-fonts (and associated metrics)
of conventional ligatures for the figured-bass notations 2+, 4+,
5+, 6+ and 9+ in music manuscripts. The fonts are usable with
Computer Modern Roman and Sans, and Palatino/Palladio,