Re: Documentation (was Re: [OS X TeX] Kanbun (漢文) and French...)

Jean-Christophe Helary fusion at
Sun Jan 4 10:42:23 EST 2009

On lundi 05 janv. 09, at 00:25, cfrees at wrote:

> Well, TNR is obviously not an option since it is not free.

I only mentioned TNR because it was the font discussed in the quote I  

> The default must be guaranteed to be available on all the platforms  
> TeX runs on.

No. It certainly must not. There are software ways to test which  
platform the application is running on to allow for settings specific  
to that platform. Which means you could have a Windows default font, a  
Mac default font and if the platform is not recognized for whatever  
reason, use the application embedded default font.

> The default choices have to work in a huge variety of situations.

Indeed. And that is not the case with Computer Modern. Computer Modern  
works for exactly 2 languages in the world. English, and a minority  
language that uses exactly the same characters. _That_ is very far  
from a "huge variety of situations".

> These are not _MacTeX_ choices at all.

Then what is the point of MacTex at all ? If MacTex is made for the  
OSX, then I can't see how changing the TeX default font to use a font  
provided by default by the OS is a problem ?

Jean-Christophe Helary

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