[texhax] [tex-fonts] cambria math
pierre.mackay at comcast.net
Sat Oct 27 00:48:34 CEST 2007
Has anyone else been clobbered by the discovery that Adobe Acrobat 8
tacitly suppresses all ligature glyphs of the fi, fl, ff, ffi, and ffl
sort and displays blanks in their place. They do this without warning,
so that a file which displays perfectly well in Acrobat 7 is made
unreadable in Acrobat 8.
I do not see any justification for this arbitrary arrogance. It is
probably necessary to degrade the appearance of fonts this way in XML,
which explicitly abjures any aesthetic concerns, but there is absolutely
no excuse for it in PDF that is sent out for display only.
After a happy interlude when some of the horrors of the 70s and 80s were
left behind us, we are being forced back into the procrustean world of
the ITC, with its exaggerated x-heights and stubby ascenders. In time
we will be required to abandon everything but generic serif
(Souvenir---nice short ascenders) and generic sans-serif (Helvetica or
one of its clones). That is where content-only protocols must
I do not see, however, why PDF, which was able until 2006 to display
quality fonts with ligatures, should be subject to this sort of
degradation. If there is one thing that PDF most definitely is not, it
is a content-based protocol.
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