[OS X TeX] microtype
schremmer.alain at gmail.com
Tue Aug 10 11:08:38 EDT 2010
On Aug 10, 2010, at 7:47 AM, Herbert Schulz wrote:
> On Aug 9, 2010, at 4:18 PM, George Gratzer wrote:
>> I surely do. I will use it only for the final formatting.
> I'm glad you've seen the beauty of using the microtype package.
I just tried it---with my vanilla font---on a 10 page article and it
indeed evened things out. Very, very nice.
> I find it truly amazing. I never noticed the extra time since I
> usually compile fairly short documents and the compile time isn't
> an annoyance. I'm not surprised that it takes much longer when you
> use font expansion since there are many more possibilities that
> pdftex must consider for the line breaks.
> Once you do start to use it in the final formatting be very careful
> to look at the page breaks, etc., since those can certainly change
> since some paragraphs will actually get a line shorter.
True in the article but, whatever the reason, doesn't seem to be so
on the 570 book with 18 included chapters, but that is probably
because I tinkered too much with vspaces in the first place or
perhaps because of the file structure. In any case, I tried microtype
just out of idle curiosity.
> PS: do you remember when it took multiple seconds to compile a
> page? Life was slower then. :-)
Wasn't using LaTeX until much later but I do remember the huge
improvement (over pencil, paper ... and rubber cement) when I got my
Fat Mac---for a lot more than I would have to pay for an iMac today---
and started using MacWrite.
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