Font access in (La)TeX (was Re: [OS X TeX] Re: Good bye!)

William F. Adams wadams at
Mon Jan 31 08:20:04 EST 2005

On Jan 30, 2005, at 9:00 PM, david craig wrote:

> I've been using TeX for maybe 17 years, and I'm as shocked as you are 
> that the state of affairs vis a vis fonts has been permitted to remain 
> as appalling as it is.

It hasn't.

In the past few years the following things have occurred:

  - psnfss has been greatly updated and improved, affording the naive 
user the packages:
    - mathptmx
    - mathpazo
    - helvet
    - avant
    - courier
    - chancery
    - bookman
    - newcent
    - utopia
    - charter
    as well as Fourier and Euler and Computer Modern Super and Latin 
Modern &c.

  - fontinst has matured and become much more capable and to document it 
one has

  - Philipp Lehman has made available his wonderful Font Installation 
Guide which I can't praise highly enough.

  - and as an alternative for Plain TeX users there's ``OFS'' Olsak's 
Font System which is quite interesting (and also has a LaTeX 

and that's just what's available for _everyone_ for ``free''.

Mac OS X users also get Jonathan Kew's wonderful XeTeX and Will 
Robertson's Fontspec, and there are a lot more commercial math font 
packages available (MathTime Professional is especially nice).


William Adams, publishing specialist
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