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

Gerben Wierda Gerben.Wierda at rna.nl
Tue Nov 23 06:55:36 EST 2004

On Nov 23, 2004, at 12:17, Bruno Voisin wrote:

> 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.

It is nice to see someone have another go at the process. I tried this 
1.5 years ago and some of the tools were not mature enough.

>> 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 
> <http://store.apple.com/Catalog/US/Images/MacOSX.htm>:
> "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."
> then:
> "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.

I would not count on that.

Next to technical problems, the license issue is what finally stopped 
be from pressing for this.

Personally, I would like to see the XeTeX stuff integrated into the 
normal TeX code base.

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