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Re: TeX on Easy Street
Larry Siebenmann writes:
> > Idee naive : on transforme en police de type I une
> > instantiation (mais cela a-t-iol un sens ?), puis on
> > utilise Ed Metrics pour obtenir le tfm.
well, yes, it is that easy, in essence
> TeX viewer programmers could and should
> therefore endeavor to have MM fonts sub in for
> unavailable type 1 fonts. And in conditions that
> tap multi-master talents to produce good results.
the flaw is that this is clever bit in ATM/Acrobat, surely, the
matching up of a desired font to an MM instance. not that easy to
> When this is accomplished we will probably find that by
> TeX-setting with *any* standardly encoded font with
> reasonably normal metric properties and deleting most of
> each font pfb, the MM mechanism will click in and
> provide readible and sometimes handsome text.
we get this already simply by using Adobe's Distiller program. works
there is a related question, which is deliberate use of MM fonts in
TeX; Michel Goossens, Rib Fairbairns and I have a paper about this in
the latest TUGboat. We use a manual systsem for deriving instances,
but as Berthold pointed out, ATM in combination with Y&Y TeX makes
is a lot smoother.
i do actually have a MakeTeXTFM script for Unix which responds to font
requests for any of the standard LATeX series and shape and size
setups by creating a Minion instance. how its done is trivial - the
interesting part is what the value of the "boldness" vector is for
"sb" as opposed to "b"!