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

Scott Murman smurman at
Mon Oct 4 08:52:16 CEST 2004

J. Kew wrote:
>  And don't even begin to think about math....

personally i think all font issues should begin, middle, and end with 
math.  i don't think nearly enough attention is paid to this.  
mathematical typesetting is how tex carved its niche, and the major use 
for tex is still typesetting documents which contain math.  last time i 
checked there were a small handful of math fonts - the original, euler, 
mathpazo, and now fourier-gut.  the last 3 mostly work, but do not work 
in general situations, and the quality is not exceptional.   this 
leaves the original math font being used in 99.9% of the cases, which 
is one (probably large) reason why most people never venture beyond CM. 
   if i wanted to use Hoefler, Skia, or, ...., i'd have a hard time 
finding a math font which matched.


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