[OS X TeX] Loss of Greek Porson font functionality
Thomas A. Schmitz
thomas.schmitz at uni-bonn.de
Tue Dec 11 16:05:30 EST 2007
On Dec 11, 2007, at 9:00 PM, macosx-tex-request at email.esm.psu.edu wrote:
> Hi, everyone, and thanks.
> I have managed to get the Porson LaTeX fonts installed and working
> well on my laptop. I will check again my installation on the desktop
> machine. It remains a mystery why they stopped working, but this is a
> very old computer (1998) with all manner of unorthodox modifications,
> both hardware and software. So any damn thing might have happened.
> What this establishes is that the method and the fonts are fine.
> There's some glitch on the desktop--probably due to the user :-)--
> and that is a strictly local issue, so I'll soldier on with it.
> I'd like to thank Antonis Tsolomitis publicly for making the
> wonderful work of the Greek Font Society available to the TeX world.
> The Porson Greek fonts are in my opinion unrivalled in their beauty.
> If you have seen any of the Oxford Classical Texts set in this font,
> you will understand my ardent desire to get them working again.
> Best wishes from an increasingly inclement Chicago,
> David Derbes
Just for a little nitpicking: the Porson font that OUP uses is
Monotype Porson (see http://www.monotypeimaging.com/ProductsServices/wt_fontsample.aspx?type=greekp
); it's not the same font as GFSPorson (which is nice, but not quite
as nice, IMHO). Both are very similar, but not identical. The same is
true for GFSNeohellenic which is almost, but not quite like Monotype
New Hellenic. And Antonis Tsolomitis made the fonts work with LaTeX;
they have been working with ConTeXt for quite a while...
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