HershTrans is a simple tool that will allow you to convert Hershey fonts from one format to another. One of these formats is SVG, allowing you to conveniently edit them.

Hershey fonts are an archaic plotter font format designed by the US National Institute of Standards and Technology. They're almost completely obsolete, but they're tiny, dead simple to draw, and are available under a very liberal license, which means they're still useful. HershTrans is a quick hack I put together when I suddenly needed to use them for something.

HershTrans is written in Java; you'll need Apache Batik and Apache Commons External to use it.

The program is MIT licensed.

README.txt 4 kB

The README file from the distribution, should you require more information.

hershtrans-0.1.tar.bz2 8 kB

The source code for HershTrans. You'll need Ant and a JDK to compile this.


You can download the currently known Hershey fonts from here.


The rather bizarre Hershey font format is described here.