font management simplified (was Re: [OS X TeX] Trump Mediaeval fonts_
smurman at segosha.net
Sat Oct 2 22:08:52 EDT 2004
> Beware though: XeTeX handles fonts in Mac OS X format in a
> straightforward way, together with OpenType fonts. It does not,
> however, handles PostScript fonts in Unix .pfa or .pfb formats, which
> are the formats in which PostScript fonts are handled by teTeX. This
> means, in particular, that the common LaTeX packages for using
> PostScript fonts, for example mathptmx.sty, mathpazo.sty, times.sty,
> helvet.sty and courier.sty, won't work.
> You'll have to write font declarations yourself, which is not so
> difficult. And this will allow you to activate or disactivate at will
> the special features in each font.
big snip of really great info.
so this is the simplified font management?!! am i only the one who
sees the font management setup as too much complexity for everyday use?
i'd love to use wide characters and special ligatures and new font
descriptions, mixing them all like a night club dj, but i'm not willing
to go back to grad school to learn all the vagaries required by
different applications and installations. it was enough pain for me to
install fontsuite 500, and even then i don't have everything working
correctly, and i'm only trying to use it in one application on one
platform. right now we have a few old font descriptions that "just
work" with all tex flavors, and few can go beyond that. jonathon -
and everyone else out there working on this stuff - please make it
"just work" for advanced fonts as well. i'm sure to you guys this
stuff is like walking, but it makes my head spin. i'm sure there are
underlying technical reasons why it's difficult, but these can be
overcome. a couple of weeks back we had a discussion of the future of
tex, and i think this is one key issue for the future: develop a
consistent new font package.
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