[lltx] [luaotfload] Footnotes

Khaled Hosny khaledhosny at eglug.org
Tue May 11 06:34:17 CEST 2010

On Tue, May 11, 2010 at 01:24:45PM +0930, Will Robertson wrote:
> On 11/05/2010, at 12:42 PM, Khaled Hosny wrote:
> > On Fri, Apr 09, 2010 at 09:09:23AM +0200, Khaled Hosny wrote:
> >> On Fri, Apr 09, 2010 at 10:09:47AM +0930, Will Robertson wrote:
> >>> The following defaults will happen, I think:
> >>> 
> >>> \fontspec{Latin Modern Roman} % <- name
> >>> \fontspec{ec-lmr10}           % <- name
> >> ec-lmr10 is a tfm file, but anyway the name mechanism falls back to
> >> filename if no font is found (but going directly to filename search is
> >> faster).
> >> 
> >>> \fontspec{ec-lmr10.otf}       % <- file (from the extension)
> >>> \fontspec[Path]{ec-lmr10}     % <- file
> >>> 
> >>> ([Path] is the same as [ExternalLocation].)
> >>> 
> >>> This is the same as currently happens, so I can't see any problems.
> >> 
> >> OK, once the change is made in fontspec, I'll change luaotfload
> >> defaults.
> > 
> > Will, any updates on this? I want to make the change before uploading to
> > CTAN, but I'm not sure how broken fontspec will be then.
> To confirm: this means that you'll no longer be compatible with XeTeX if people use the plain \font syntax. Is this actually okay? I'm starting to think it might not be the best idea.
> From the point of view of fontspec it doesn't make any difference, but I just want to make sure we're not raising another problem in trying to solve an edge case.
> As a counterpoint, what would happen instead if the filename database was queried first and only if a font was not found in the search path a system (or named) font was used?

That sounds very reasonable, but my knowledge about legacy tex fonts is
bit limited, right now I just check if there is a tfm file with the same
name, kpse.find_file(name, "tfm"), and if true I skip font names
database, is this safe assumption? what about virtual fonts?


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

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