[OS X TeX] pdftex 1.20a
Schremmer.Alain at verizon.net
Tue Sep 14 18:15:34 EDT 2004
Thanks very much.
I am afraid, though, that I am not capable of extreme care and so will
stay with plain vanilla LaTeX.
Alexandru Scorpan wrote:
>> No idea about the latest pdftex (1.20a) but what are "the
>> microtypographical niceties from the new microtype package"?
> The niceties are: Margin kerning (that was already available via the
> pdfcprot package) and font expansion (new). These features are best
> explained by the following quote from HT Thanh's thesis (taken from
> the documentation of R Schlicht's new microtype package, uploaded to
> CTAN on 2004/9/11, available in the usual places, such as
> http://www.ctan.org/tex-archive/macros/latex/contrib/ ).
>> Margin kerning is the adjustments of the characters at the
>> margins of a typeset text. A simplified employment of margin
>> kerning is
>> hanging punctuation. Margin kerning is needed for optical
>> alignment of the
>> margins of a typeset text, because mechanical justification of the
>> makes them look rather ragged. Some characters can make a line appear
>> shorter to the human eye than others. Shifting such characters by an
>> appropriate amount into the margins would greatly improve the
>> of a typeset text.
>> Composing with font expansion is the method to use a wider or
>> variant of a font to make interword spacing more even. A font in a
>> line can be substituted by a wider variant so the interword spaces
>> stretched by a smaller amount. Similarly, a font in a tight line
>> can be
>> replaced by a narrower variant to reduce the amount that the
>> spaces are shrunk by. There is certainly a potential danger of font
>> distortion when using such manipulations, thus they must be used with
>> extreme care. The potentiality to adjust a line width by font
>> can be taken into consideration while a paragraph is being broken
>> lines, in order to choose better breakpoints.'
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