[OS X TeX] Esstix (was: ANNOUNCE mbtimes font package)

Christopher B Hamlin chamlin at optonline.net
Fri Apr 5 05:21:15 CEST 2002

On Wednesday, April 3, 2002, at 10:17  PM, Ross Moore wrote:

>>    Just FYI . . .
>>    The ESSTIX fonts were sort of linked with the STIX project
>> at one point but are not part of the project and are, as
>> far as I know, strictly an Elsevier project.
> Well, blow me down for thinking that  ESSTIX was an acronym for
> Elsevier Science STIX .
>>    I don't know what Elsevier might be planning to do with
>> ESSTIX, but STIX will be a different set.
> This email message describes the relationship pretty well, I think:
>   http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-amaya-dev/2000Sep/0016.html
> or at least, as it was in September 2000.
> BTW, it also gives the URL to download this great set of fonts:
>   ftp://ftp.elsevier.nl/pub/styles/esstix/esstix.zip
> If the situation has changed in the past 18 months, can you please
> provide more up-to-date information.

   I've been involved with STIX and know that there could
be confusion.  I'm not a spokesman and don't have further details to
relate but the basic situation is:  STIX will be a different set from

   When there is public information I'll post a link here.  Seems
like it might be a good idea to make clear the ESSTIX/STIX relationship.

> Perhaps other publishers will create their own sets of fonts,
> using the STIX encodings and new Unicode code-points.
> Maybe not, and everyone will end up using ESSTIX, because Elsevier
> have provided them cost-free --- thank you very much indeed.

   Agreed, but this paragraph hints at why I sent my email.  That is,
no one should think that using ESSTIX is using a subset of the
STIX fonts.  This will matter for probably a small fraction of
people, but it could matter.

> My point was only that it is not fair to overlook the efforts of others,
> as well as Elsevier, in helping to bring about this fortunate situation.

   I agree with this too!   ESSTIX was an Elsevier effort
and so credit to them for that.  My only point was that ESSTIX
shouldn't be thought of as STIX fonts.  I hope people did not
think I was knocking Elsevier or ESSTIX, or you for passing along
the only info available on ESSTIX.


   Chris Hamlin

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