# [luatex] \font primitive does not read otf file

Petr Olsak petr at olsak.net
Fri Dec 7 07:48:29 CET 2012

>> This hack'' is used in mostly all TeX sources (--- gives emdash)
>> so no only Computer Modern fonts have these ligatures.
>> Mostly all tfm's includes this hack''.
>> The change from tfm's to direct OTF loading is no reason to name
>> this as hack''. Note that I am using this hack'' in my email for
>> quoting.

These my words were intended only to you, not to the email list, because
it is out of topic. Never mind, let we discuss about it.

> Which somehow makes it less hakish? The proper characters are ...
> just use them. It is 2012 after all, the 7-bit constrains that
> Knuth had 30 years ago no longer exist.

In 2012, on my keyboard, I am unable to find the characters you mentioned.

This Knuth's message from 30 years ago is still applicable today. It is
ergonomic, visible, robust and understandable. You can use real alpha
instead of \alpha etc., but you need to use some mouse activies or some
invisible editor-dependent shorthands. This is demonstration of the
unanderstanding of the principles of TeX. If you insist on the usage of
these real characters in TeX (and derivatives), you are on your own.
This will work if UTF8 input is proper configured. But this is no reason
of refusing the good principles from 30 years ago.

Regards

Petr Olsak