font management simplified (was Re: [OS X TeX] Trump Mediaeval fonts_

Alain Schremmer Schremmer.Alain at
Sun Oct 3 04:55:17 CEST 2004

Scott Murman wrote:

> Beware though: XeTeX handles fonts in Mac OS X format in a 
> straightforward way, together with OpenType fonts. It does not, 
> however, handles PostScript fonts in Unix .pfa or .pfb formats, which 
> are the formats in which PostScript fonts are handled by teTeX. This 
> means, in particular, that the common LaTeX packages for using 
> PostScript fonts, for example mathptmx.sty, mathpazo.sty, times.sty, 
> helvet.sty and courier.sty, won't work.
>> You'll have to write font declarations yourself, which is not so 
>> difficult. And this will allow you to activate or disactivate at will 
>> the special features in each font.
> big snip of really great info.
> so this is the simplified font management?!!  

I will say!

> am i only the one who sees the font management setup as too much 
> complexity for everyday use? 

Nope! I second.

> i think this is one key issue for the future: develop a consistent new 
> font package.

I agree.

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