[Mac OS X TeX] Re: teTeX mod for Mac fonts (was Re: [Mac OS X TeX]Font question)

Gerben Wierda sherlock at rna.nl
Wed Nov 7 16:04:45 EST 2001

<x-flowed>On Wednesday, November 7, 2001, at 09:48 , William Adams wrote:

> Troy Goodson asked:
>> isn't more
>> appropriate for teTeX to have built-in support for Mac OS X fonts?
> Since teTeX runs on many platforms, but Mac OS X format fonts should
> only appear on Mac OS X, to my mind, no.


> Probably the best one could hope for would be a toolset and script which
> would convert / duplicate all Mac OS X fonts into standard formats when
> teTeX is installed on Mac OS X. Although this represents licensing
> difficulties, if it happened on the machine the fonts were present on
> and so long as the resultant font files weren't transferred elsewhere
> this would probably be considered ``fair use''.

I don't see licensing problems with a script, not with distributing 
files which are only useful if the Mac OS X fonts themselves are there 
('virtual font' like stuff)

> The ideal would be for the development of an extended version of TeX
> which supported Unicode input

That part already exists:

man omega

Integrating with pdftex might be a problem.

> and used Mac OS X system calls so as to
> make use of Mac fonts like TeX/GX does. (Richard, did I ever send you
> the .pdf readme files for TeX/GX?)

It is TeX that needs adapting, not TeXShop.

> BTW - TeX/GX runs in Basilisk which runs in VirtualPC which runs in Mac
> OS X... well, ``run'' might not be the right word... it works---that's
> how I was able to use Zapfino for my TUG presentation (and Wendy, I
> still owe you the Sestina file typeset in Zapfino... I don't think it'd
> come out any different than it would if typeset in TextEdit.app
> though....)

On the other hand, if it is such a terrible implementation, we might 
also consider TeX as living in a world separate from Mac OS X fonts ;-) 
After all, many mf fonts are not available for Mac OS X as well.


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