[Mac OS X TeX] Re: MacOSX-TeX Digest #148 - 11/08/01

Siep siepo at cybercomm.nl
Fri Nov 9 05:56:09 EST 2001

On Thu, 8 Nov 2001 20:00:01 -0500
"TeX on Mac OS X Mailing List" <MacOSX-TeX at email.esm.psu.edu> wrote:

> MacOSX-TeX Digest #148 - Thursday, November 8, 2001
>   Re: [Mac OS X TeX] Re: teTeX mod for Mac fonts
>           by "Richard D. Gill" <Richard.Gill at math.uu.nl>
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
> Subject: Re: [Mac OS X TeX] Re: teTeX mod for Mac fonts
> From: "Richard D. Gill" <Richard.Gill at math.uu.nl>
> Date: Thu,  8 Nov 2001 10:01:26 +0100 (MET)
> felipe said:
> I am getting a little confused about this discussion. It seems that there
> are (at least) two issues:
> (i) The use of Type 1 PostScript fonts with Tetex (and in my case with
> Texshop) in MacOS X.
> (ii) The use of some specific Mac fonts with Tetex.
> He goes on to say the problem in (ii) is not recognising the fonts, 
> but recognising special characters. 
> This problem is solved with encoding vectors or maps or whatever, right?
> Usually these are .enc files and you are able, when you tell TeX which
> type 1 fonts you are going to use, also to specify an encoding which simply
> is a table moving some characters to other positions. Similarly you will
> need to tell dvips and whatever else is involved, about the encodings.
> (This will be essentially the same information and will also be in a .enc
> file but I recall that the layout is different and I only got it right, by
> trial and error, and much consultation of a handy utility from Adobe called
> "keykaps" which prints out every character and tells you where it is.
> Also there is a handy tex programme which prints out font tables, as
> far as latex thinks they are, "the NFSS font test program".
> I think it is called nfsstest.tex or fonttest.tex or something like this.
> It would be nice if an expert would explain this to the world, in the
> proper detail. 
> Richard

teTeX under macosx is pretty much the same as teTeX under any unix.
Encoding issues under teTeX on osx should be no different from encoding
issues under teTeX on another os.

The two font installation programs for PostScript fonts, afm2tfm and
fontinst, both work from the afm file, which does specify an encoding but
also, more importantly, lists every character, encoded or not, by name. So
the original encoding of the font OUGHT to be irrelevant. Of course, I am
only talking about PostScript fonts. There also was a misunderstanding
about fonts between pdftex and acrobat 5, which has been resolved in the
very latest pdftex.

Now the previewer is a different story; this is part of the os and might
suffer from encoding issues.

So theoretically you ought to be fine with PostScript fonts, except for
maybe the previewer or if you use an outdated pdftex.

Although I do have a mac, I mostly run Linux on it, and at the moment I
have teTeX only under Linux so I can't support this claim from own


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