[OS X TeX] gtamacfonts ligatures: PDF searchability

William Adams will.adams at frycomm.com
Tue Mar 28 08:22:49 EST 2006

On Mar 28, 2006, at 8:16 AM, Bruno Voisin wrote:

> Furthermore, it would seem unfair from Apple to prevent "pre- 
> processing" of the OS X fonts for TeX use: this would result in  
> discrimination, regarding which software can use the fonts and  
> which software can't. (I know a lawyer would probably object to  
> this reasoning -- it feels suspiciously like the Apple vs. French  
> DRM draft law issue --, but this is how it feels in any case.)

It's not fair to take unfair advantage of the usage rights granted by  
Apple on behalf of the owners of these designs. Apple licensed these  
fonts from their designers for use in and within Mac OS X --- TeX  
isn't bundled w/ Mac OS X, so it's unreasonable to expect that they  
should work with TeX.

Moreover, most, if not all of the designs are available separately  
from their original designers in formats which are supported by  
pdftex --- if you want to use Hoefler Text w/o XeTeX's limitations,  
then license the Type 1 version from www.typography.com --- if you  
don't want to do that, then pony up some money to pay to suport  
development efforts to improve XeTeX and its support.


William Adams
senior graphic designer
Fry Communications

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