[lltx] Type1 fonts

Khaled Hosny khaledhosny at eglug.org
Sun Dec 26 21:12:32 CET 2010

On Sun, Dec 26, 2010 at 08:41:03PM +0100, Patrick Gundlach wrote:
> Am 26.12.2010 um 17:44 schrieb Philipp Stephani:
> > Am 26.12.2010 um 16:50 schrieb Arno Trautmann:
> > 
> >> If not – what would be the simplest way to use a Type1 font in luaLaTeX?
> >> (Given that no TeX adaption is present so far.)
> > 
> > LuaLaTeX is more-or-less backwards compatible with pdfLaTeX, so Type1 fonts work as with pdfLaTeX. That means you have to generate TFM, ENC, MAP, FD files etc., usually with the fontinst script. I don't think that there is a special interface to deal with Type1 fonts in LuaTeX (after all, they're obsolete).
> LuaTeX can read Type1 fonts with the fontloader mechanism, without going through the legacy pdftex code. But I believe that LuaLaTeX does not support using Type1 fonts with the fontloader library. Perhaps they are obsolete, but still widely used.

Type1 fonts have been declared obsolete a decade or so before I touched
a TeX system, I never used them (apart from legacy TeX fonts) myself,
and they are pretty useless for any of my needs. The code we borrowed
from ConTeXt lacked the pfb/afm loading part since Hans too finds them
obsolete, and there is no much incentive for me to work on it.


 Khaled Hosny
 Arabic localiser and member of Arabeyes.org team
 Free font developer

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