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Computer Modern Font Family

Computer Modern Font Family

Made by Donald E. Knuth

From Wikipedia: Computer Modern is the original family of typefaces used by the typesetting program TeX. It was created by Donald Knuth with his Metafont program, and was most recently updated in 1992. Computer Modern, or variants of it, remains very widely used in scientific publishing, especially in disciplines that make frequent use of mathematical notation.

As implied by the name, Computer Modern is a 'Didone', or modern serif font, a genre that emerged in the late 18th century as a contrast to the more organic designs that preceded them. Didone fonts have high contrast between thick and thin elements, and their axis of "stress" or thickening is perfectly vertical. Computer Modern was specifically based on the 10 point size of the American Lanston Monotype Company's Modern Extended 8A, part of a family Monotype originally released in 1896. This was one of many modern faces issued by typefounders and Monotype around this period, and the standard style for body text printing in the late nineteenth century.

In creating the TeX publishing system, Knuth was influenced by the history of mathematics and a desire to achieve the "classic style" of books printed in metal type. Modern faces were used extensively for printing mathematics, especially before Times New Roman became popular for mathematics printing from the 1950s.

The most unusual characteristic of Computer Modern, however, is the fact that it is a complete type family designed with Knuth's Metafont system, one of the few typefaces developed in this way. The Computer Modern source files are governed by 62 distinct parameters, controlling the widths and heights of various elements, the presence of serifs or old-style numerals, whether dots such as the dot on the "i" are square or rounded, and the degree of "superness" in the bowls of lowercase letters such as "g" and "o". This allows Metafont designs to be processed in unusual ways; Knuth has shown effects such as morphing in demonstrations, where one font slowly transitions into another over the course of a text. While it attracted attention for the concept, Metafont has been used by few other font designers; digital font designer Jonathan Hoefler commented that "Knuth's idea that letters start with skeletal forms is flawed" and Knuth commented "asking an artist to become enough of a mathematician to understand how to write a font with 60 parameters is too much."


Computer Modern Sans Serif Medium665 CharactersTTF
CMU Sans Serif Medium
Computer Modern Sans Serif Oblique665 CharactersTTF
CMU Sans Serif Oblique
Computer Modern Sans Serif Bold665 CharactersTTF
CMU Sans Serif Bold
Computer Modern Sans Serif Demi Condensed DemiCondensed665 CharactersTTF
CMU Sans Serif Demi Condensed DemiCondensed
Computer Modern Sans Serif BoldOblique665 CharactersTTF
CMU Sans Serif BoldOblique
Computer Modern Bright Roman665 CharactersTTF
CMU Bright Roman
Computer Modern Bright Oblique665 CharactersTTF
CMU Bright Oblique
Computer Modern Bright SemiBold665 CharactersTTF
CMU Bright SemiBold
Computer Modern Bright SemiBoldOblique665 CharactersTTF
CMU Bright SemiBoldOblique
Computer Modern Serif Roman665 CharactersTTF
CMU Serif Roman
Computer Modern Serif Italic665 CharactersTTF
CMU Serif Italic
Computer Modern Classical Serif Italic665 CharactersTTF
CMU Classical Serif Italic
Computer Modern Serif Upright Italic UprightItalic665 CharactersTTF
CMU Serif Upright Italic UprightItalic
Computer Modern Serif Extra RomanSlanted665 CharactersTTF
CMU Serif Extra RomanSlanted
Computer Modern Serif Bold665 CharactersTTF
CMU Serif Bold
Computer Modern Serif BoldItalic665 CharactersTTF
CMU Serif BoldItalic
Computer Modern Serif Extra BoldSlanted665 CharactersTTF
CMU Serif Extra BoldSlanted
Computer Modern Concrete Roman665 CharactersTTF
CMU Concrete Roman
Computer Modern Concrete Italic665 CharactersTTF
CMU Concrete Italic
Computer Modern Concrete Bold665 CharactersTTF
CMU Concrete Bold
Computer Modern Concrete BoldItalic665 CharactersTTF
CMU Concrete BoldItalic
Computer Modern Typewriter Text Light665 CharactersTTF
CMU Typewriter Text Light
Computer Modern Typewriter Text LightOblique665 CharactersTTF
CMU Typewriter Text LightOblique
Computer Modern Typewriter Text Regular665 CharactersTTF
CMU Typewriter Text Regular
Computer Modern Typewriter Text Variable Width Medium665 CharactersTTF
CMU Typewriter Text Variable Width Medium
Computer Modern Typewriter Text Italic665 CharactersTTF
CMU Typewriter Text Italic
Computer Modern Typewriter Text Variable Width Italic665 CharactersTTF
CMU Typewriter Text Variable Width Italic
Computer Modern Typewriter Text Bold665 CharactersTTF
CMU Typewriter Text Bold
Computer Modern Typewriter Text BoldItalic665 CharactersTTF
CMU Typewriter Text BoldItalic
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Computer Modern font family is licensed under the SIL Open Font License (OFL)
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