rsfs10(which contains uppercase letters only) and type pretty much anything, the £ sign, or any lowercase letters or digits will not appear in the output. There’s no actual error message, either: you have to read the log file, where you’ll find cryptic little messages like
(the former demonstrating my TeX’s unwillingness to deal in characters which have the eighth bit set, while theMissing character: There is no ^^a3 in font cmr10! Missing character: There is no 3 in font rsfs10!
rsfs10example shows that TeX will log the actual character in error, if it thinks it’s possible). Somewhat more understandable are the diagnostics you may get from dvips when using the OT1 and T1 versions of fonts that were supplied in Adobe standard encoding:
The process that generates the metrics for using the fonts generates an instruction to dvips to produce these diagnostics, so that their non-appearance in the printed output is less surprising than it might be. Quite a few glyphs provided in Knuth’s text encodings and in the Cork encoding are not available in the Adobe fonts. In these cases, there is a typeset sign of the character: dvips produces a black rectangle of whatever size the concocted font file has specified.dvips: Warning: missing glyph `Delta'
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