[OS X TeX] gtamacfonts ligatures: PDF searchability

William Adams will.adams at frycomm.com
Tue Mar 28 07:47:11 EST 2006

On Mar 28, 2006, at 7:35 AM, Gerben Wierda wrote:

> The gtamacfonts are not converted. Only the font suitcases are  
> unpacked
> and separate .ttf files are produced. Then pdfTeX just uses TTF fonts.

So you're converting from a Mac format .dfont to a set of .ttf files  
by extracting them.

> I am not an expert, but if pdfTeX can do this with any other TTF  
> font for
> which it has an encoding vector it should be able to do this with the
> unpacked Hoefler as well. If it does not, I think it is worthwhile  
> to find
> out why it does not and if this can be fixed.

As I've pointed out in the past, Apple has intentionally removed  
tables from their fonts to keep them from working on other platforms  
--- the problem most likely isn't w/ pdftex, but with the font, which  
is not intended for, or licensed for such use, and Apple has been  
forced to subtract data from it in an effort to enforce this, 'cause  
people won't honour their licensing agreement.

The solution here is to use XeTeX, and to improve it and support for  
it, so there're no reasons not to use it.


William Adams
senior graphic designer
Fry Communications

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