[metapost] Equation solving in Metapost ??

Shriramana Sharma samjnaa at gmail.com
Sat Oct 27 02:12:23 CEST 2012

On Sat, Oct 27, 2012 at 5:14 AM, xiolyxioly <xiolyxioly at yahoo.com> wrote:

> Does Metapost have the same equation solving capabilities as Metafont ?

I'm sorry but it seems as if you're asking questions without reading the
documentation first. I quote from the MetaPost manual (
http://www.tug.org/docs/metapost/mpman.pdf)'s very first introductory

Another feature borrowed from METAFONT is the ability to solve linear
equations that are given implicitly, thus allowing many programs to be
written in a largely declarative style.

> I assumed it did, but then I just read an old post from Taco saying that
> he "didn't implement it in my package".

1) I suppose one would normally consider the official documentation to be
authoritative. All the examples and tutorial for MPost out there also
clearly show that it can do this.

2) "not implement in any package" does not mean "not implement in the
source code".

3) Finally, I don't think Taco did that -- I think Hobby himself did it
back in the old days.

> I want to be able to process the Computer Modern fonts in Metapost, and
> that won't be possible without equation solving.

Google around for articles on the Latin Modern family. Why do you want to
reinvent the wheel?

Shriramana Sharma
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