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

William F. Adams wadams at
Mon Oct 4 14:56:34 CEST 2004

On Sunday, October 3, 2004, at 05:00  AM, Jonathan Kew wrote:

> What (some) people want, I think, is a XeLaTeX command such as:
>     \NewFontFamily{hoefler}{"Hoefler Text"}
> that will automagically do the equivalent of Bruno's .fd declarations. 
> This is inherently difficult because of the wide variation in the 
> selection of styles and features available in different font families, 
> and the inconsistent organization and naming of those that exist. I 
> have a couple of ideas of how we might make some progress, but there 
> are limits to how far we can go, given the creative freedom that font 
> designers have.

I've got a concept worked up for something along these lines --- posted 
a fairly lengthy description of it to the Latex3 and tex-fonts lists.

I'm almost done with my TUG2003 paper (finally!), and will hopefully 
find the time to work on this once again.

If anyone has any suggestions for what sort of interface, or 
capabilities they'd like, send me private e-mail.


William Adams, publishing specialist
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