[OS X TeX] Font in TeXShop
will.adams at frycomm.com
Wed Feb 22 14:45:26 EST 2006
On Feb 22, 2006, at 2:29 PM, Arthur Snoke wrote:
> Comments have been made in this thread that Times New Roman and
> Times are almost identical. On the mac, I find one significant
> difference between them, and also for how Times New Roman is
> rendered in different applications. This is relevant to the
> current thread because it suggests there are several sets of fonts
> on the Mac with the same descriptors but different properties, so
> compatibility among font rendering can be problematic.
> In WORD, for size 11 (for example), Times takes up significantly
> less space than TNR -- that is more words on a page with Times.
> Also find things like word spacing different depending on the font
> -- and to some extent the size.
> If I have a WORD (Office X) document and want to preserve links
> when saving to PDF (I have Acrobat 7), it does not work in WORD,
> but it does work in OpenOffice 2. But the same document with the
> same font and size takes up more space (fewer words per page) in
> Open Office than in WORD. Also, not all characters are rendered
> correctly in Open Office (version 2). NeoOffice (which last I
> looked is based on OO v1.something) does not preserve links but has
> a much better html writer than WORD but again fonts are not
> rendered the same as in WORD -- although more characters come
> across okay.
> I would appreciate explanations to these observations. Also, is
> "Times" more likely to be rendered the same among applications
> compared to "TNR"? Are some sizes (12 vs. 11, for example) more
> likely to work better when communicating between WORD and LaTex --
> and with users on different operating systems? That is, are any
> among these more universal?
Times New Roman as bundled with Windows (TrueType) is based on the 12
pt. matrices for Times New Roman, the Times font created by Monotype
for _The Times_ in London.
Times as bundled with PostScript things and part of the Core 13
fonts, and a member of the ``LaserWriter Gang of 35'' is based on the
18 pt. matrices. It was created by Linotype when Monotype failed to
apply for a trademark on ``Times'' as used for a typeface name in the
US in a timely fashion.
It's the differing optical sizes which result in different line
breaks. Set text in TNR and heads in Times for a nice appearance.
Walter Tracy's delightful book, _Letters of Credit_ has a lot more on
NeoOffice seems to've somehow gotten some tweaking done to it to
ensure that Mac-encoded characters come out correctly --- I think
this was in-between 1.0 and 1.1, but not 100% certain. I did see
quotes change from coming out wrong to right after an update while
using it to make some spreadsheets listing photos for a publishing job.
senior graphic designer
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