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       mensis - To or for, by with or from TrueType tables


       mensis   [-cmap   maptype]   [-depth  pixeld]  [-display  str]  [-help]
       [-keyboard  ktype]  [-nosplash  [-script  file]  [-sync  [-usage]  [-vc
       vclass] [-version] fontfile ...


       The  program mensis allows you to examine and modify some of the tables
       in a truetype or opentype font.

       If the argument list contains a font file name  (or  several),  pfaedit
       opens  a  table  view window for each font displaying all the tables in
       that font In the absence of options or arguments, the program  opens  a
       file-picker  window,  allowing  you  to browse your disk to find a font

       This manual page is intended only as a rudimentary  overview;  see  the
       HTML     Users     Manual     for     more     complete    information.


       -cmap maptype
              Employ the specified method to control  8-bit  colormaps,  where
              maptype assumes one of these three values:

                     Attempt  to  allocate  colors  in  the  current  (shared)
                     colormap.  The program will likely not find everything it

              copy   Allocate  what  can  be  allocated, then copy the current
                     colormap; it can thus make use of  cells  other  programs
                     are using.

                     Create  a  new  colormap  and  fill  it with the required

       -depth pixeld
              Attempt to employ a visual  that  matches  the  specified  pixel
              depth, pixeld.

       -display str
              Employ  the  X display specified by the string str (for example:

       -help  Display the usage description and start a web client  displaying
              the online documentation.

       -keyboard ktype
              Alter the displayed menus to employ modifier keys appropriate to
              the specified keyboard type, where  ktype  assumes  one  of  the
              following four values:

              ibm    IBM PC type keyboard.

              mac    Apple Macintosh keyboard.

              sun    Sun workstation keyboard.

              ppc    Macintosh  keyboard,  but  on a system running SuSe linux
                     (the mappings differ from those used under MacOS X).

              Suppress display of the splash screen.

       -script file
              Execute the script named file.  Does not  open  the  X  display.
              This  must  be  the  first  argument passed to mensis. Any other
              arguments are handled  by  the  scriptfile  itself.   Any  other
              command  line  arguments  will  be  passed  to  the script.  The
              program contains a command interpreter which  allows  access  to
              most  but  not all of its interactive features.  If a scriptfile
              is executable,  and  if  its  first  line  contains  the  string
              "mensis",  then  the argument -script may be omitted. This means
              that mensis can be used as an interpreter.

       -sync  Make X synchronous.  Used primarily for debugging,  this  option
              slows X down.

       -usage Display the usage description.

       -vc vclass
              Attempt  to  use  a  visual  that  matches  the  class,  vclass,
              specified as either the name of a visual  class  or  an  integer
              enumerating a visual class.

              Display  the  current version (a six digit string containing the
              date stamp of the source files).


       If any of the following environment variables exist, they are used:

              Specifies  the  name  of  a  browser   program   for   examining

              Turns on verbose mode in scripting. Each statement is printed as
              it is executed.


              translations for the user interface

              optional location for online documentation.



       The HTML version of the mensis manual, available online at:


       Copyright (C) 2001-2003 by George Williams (


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                                13 October 2003