[texhax] Times New Roman font
will.adams at frycomm.com
Thu Mar 24 14:49:39 CET 2011
On Mar 23, 2011, at 9:40 AM, Lisa Benaglia wrote:
> I am taking the liberty of contacting you because I have seen on the internet a question you asked about Times New Roman font.
> My name is Lisa Benaglia and I'm studying Forensic Science at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland.
> I'm getting in touch with you because I'm writing my degree dissertation about Times and Times New Roman's history.
> I must produce prints of both typography for each technical revolution and era in order to make the authentification of printed documents easier.
> I must establish the story of Times and Times New Roman since they are in digital form. I have found that Times exists on Mac since 1986 and that the font Times New Roman was integrated with the Windows operating system 3.1 on the PC in 1992.
> So I'm asking you if you obtained an answer to your question "what did TNR look like pre 1992 before Microsoft released their version?"
> If you did, could you tell me what did you find on the subject ?
> If you have any information, advice or proposal which you think would be useful to me.
> Please, write me back. You would help me a lot.
> I look forward to hearing from you.
You sent this missive to the TeXhax mailing list, not Mr. Jasper.
I wrote him the following response which may be of use to you:
It's more complicated than that.
Walter Tracy covers the older backstory in good detail in his wonderful
book _Letters of Credit_ which you should be able to find at any decent
library or through inter-library loan.
There's been a bit of controversy on this since, check the journal for
the APHA for an interesting take on it.
The more recent bit was addressed by Dr. Chuck Bigelow in a set of
postings to usenet:comp.fonts and the TYPO-L mailing list. In short,
Monotype did a metrically-compatible set of Times and Helvetica for IBM
and Microsoft chose to license them having just lost a trademark
lawsuit to Linotype.
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