[OS X TeX] TrueType-fonts in LaTeX...?

Bruno Voisin bvoisin at mac.com
Tue Nov 23 06:17:45 EST 2004

Le 23 nov. 04, à 11:22, Peter Dyballa a écrit :

> I'm working on how to integrate the Apple fonts into usual TeX. They 
> have to be converted into PostScript.
> A good step forward is to install applesystemfonts with Fink. This 
> package creates real TTF files, i.e. files where the ressource fork 
> containing the data is made accessible to UNIX tools by making it 
> plain file.
> Next comes the actual conversion. ttf2pt1 is your first choice because 
> meanwhile it can access *all* glyphs in Unicode encoded fonts, i.e. 
> you get the Greek letters for OT1, eng/Eng for T1 and probably too all 
> the little (text) accents for TS1 (this will be proven, or not, this 
> weekend). ttf2afm is useful too because it delivers lists of the 
> Macintosh Roman (Platform ID 1, Encoding ID 0) and the Microsoft 
> Unicode (Platform ID 3, Encoding ID 1) encodings of the font, i.e. its 
> actual contents. Using the latter you can either teach ttf2pt1 to 
> extract the 'planes' needed (x03 for Greek, x01 for eng/Eng, a lot 
> more for TS1 and math) or just choose what you really need.
> Final step is Fontinst! Combining many subsets to one complete set. 
> Weeks or months later all is done. I hope to have finished at 
> Christmas ... (of course it works just to create T1 encoded fonts with 
> three glyphs missing
> I am working recently on Lucida that comes with Java (Lucida Bright, 
> Lucida Sans, and Lucida Sans Typewriter). The fonts look promising 
> because they contain a lot of mathematical symbols too! Although their 
> use might be prohibited by a very restrictive license ...

It has been advocated by some that the conversion of Apple fonts to any 
other format than the original breaks the OS X licence, in that it 
amounts to have more than one copy (one for each format) of an element 
of the OS on a single computer. From 

"The software (including Boot ROM code), documentation and any fonts 
accompanying this License whether on disk, in read only memory, on any 
other media or in any other form (collectively the “Apple Software”) 
are licensed, not sold, to you by Apple Computer, Inc. (“Apple”) for 
use only under the terms of this License, and Apple reserves all rights 
not expressly granted to you."


"This License allows you to install and use one copy of the Apple 
Software on a single Apple-labeled computer at a time."

I don't think anybody in the know has ever provided a clarification of 
this issue. Please don't misunderstand me: I'm not a devotee of 
software licensing, and I do hope the above interpretation is wrong. 
IANAL, and it would be be a silly thing to not be able to use a font 
with a piece of software, just because conversion of the font to an 
intermediary format is required but not allowed. I simply hope somebody 
more familiar with Apple licensing, or more acquainted with legal 
issues, could enlighten us.

I've said that already in the past, so I probably sound like a broken 
record, but the OpenOffice.org installer does this -- converting OS X 
fonts to TTF format at install time, using Fondu --- and the guys who 
did it must certainly know what they're doing.

Bruno Voisin
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