[OS X TeX] Font files clarified
adrian.heathcote at philosophy.usyd.edu.au
Sun May 12 11:05:04 EDT 2002
here is Thomas Esser's confirmation of your point.
Can i ask further to this issue whether pdftex uses the vf files that
are necessary for dvips? Or can they be absent entirely?
No, pdftex needs the vf files.
> Certainly fonts are usable without vf's, but you will run into trouble
> with ligatures and accents if you try this.
> The result will be that fi fl ff just disappears from quite common
> Also, greek capitals will not be available for mathematics; and there
> are a few other quirky things that will happen.
> You *can* get around the quirks by writing macros to draw the characters
> from different positions --- but that will tie your document source
> to work correctly with only the fonts for which you have tuned it,
> via such extra macros. A major purpose of virtual fonts was to make such
> font/macro dependencies unnecessary, so that you can choose a different
> font for your document without having to worry about whether you still
> get the right characters everywhere.
> Have fun,
> Ross Moore
I'd have more fun if there were an up to date guide on these matters.
But half the fun of Tex is coming to undersatnd its complexities.
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