[OS X TeX] Re: font management simplified

Alain Schremmer Schremmer.Alain at verizon.net
Tue Oct 5 06:01:27 CEST 2004


I know of course nothing about any of it but I have what you might call 
an ideological opinion.

Mathematicians like to abbreviate everything but for beginners, this 
adds an extra layer of difficulty. For instance, calling the 
discriminant of a quadratic function ƒ "∆ƒ" rather than "Discƒ" or even 
"Discriminant ƒ" is an expensive economy.

Returning to your question, why not call things by their full name and 
leave it to the user to introduce abbreviations if desired?

For instance, my abbreviation for one of your macros is Tabul. It works 
for me in that I have no doubt as to what it is but it may not work for 
others who have other semi-conscious references.

Regards
--schremmer

Will Robertson wrote:

> On 4 Oct 2004, at 10:26 PM, William F. Adams wrote:
>
>>
>> If anyone has any suggestions for what sort of interface, or 
>> capabilities they'd like, send me private e-mail.
>
>
> I little more of a general question, if you'll mind. I'm trying to 
> squeeze some of the more impressive Mac OS X fonts into an XeLaTeX 
> interface, and I'm a little unsure what to do with all the weights. 
> For example
>
> Helvetica Neue:
> Condensed Bold: textcb / cbseries
> Condensed Black: textck / ckseries (???)
>
> Well, if black = k, then in Optima:
> ExtraBlack: textxk / xkseries
>
> Hoefler Text also has black weights, so I need some letter to 
> distinguish them. I seem to remember seeing a table once with a letter 
> for the black weight, but I've lost it now. TLC only has light to 
> medium to bold.
>
> Any suggestions? Am I even on the right track assigning LaTeX commands 
> to all the myriad of permutations I have?
>
> Will
>
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