[OS X TeX] pdftex 1.20a

Alain Schremmer Schremmer.Alain at verizon.net
Wed Sep 15 01:09:38 CEST 2004


I asked only out of curiosity and, indeed, "La curiosité est un vilain 
défaut".

But I am even more afraid, say by "pdfcprot package (which a more 
refined implementation than the going with \input protcode.tex etc)" 
since, as it is, I am mostly LaTeXing by the seat of my pants after 
having suffered hell trying to install LaTeX without having a clue of 
what I was doing. TeXshop saved me from terminal insanity but I don't 
dare stray.

(For example, when I tried 1.35a, I found out that it wasn't working for 
me with the new pdfsync.sty, etc, etc. Fortunately, I had kept the old 
pdfsync.sty and was told 1.35a would work with it which it does. So I am 
still with 1.35a and the old pdfsync.sty.)

OK, OK. I will try it one of these days, when I get older and wiser, but 
not right now.

Again, thanks very much and I apologize for my curiosity.
--schremmer

Alexandru Scorpan wrote:

>> I am afraid, though, that I am not capable of extreme care and so 
>> will stay with plain vanilla LaTeX.
>
>
> That quote from Thanh's thesis is rather old (1998 or so).  The new 
> pdftex 1.20a introduces a major simplification, which eliminates the 
> need for extreme care.  Quote from the release announcement of 1.20:
>
>     So far the font expansion feature required that the user
>     must be able to create expanded tfms (eg cmr10+10.tfm).
>     Now font expansion can be used without creating these
>     tfms.
>
> Which new feature allows the microtype package to be used simply by 
> calling it via \usepackage.
>
> In any case, margin kerning is a very nice feature already available 
> in pdftex, and really makes those margins look better than plain 
> vanilla TeX, so I'd encourage everybody to use it, for example through 
> pdfcprot package (which a more refined implementation than the going 
> with \input protcode.tex etc)
>
> Alex
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