[pdftex] Support for the integration of OpenType in pdfTeX

Georg Verweyen verweyen at gmail.com
Mon Oct 10 23:13:45 CEST 2005

I just came along an article written by Adobes fonts program manager 
Thomas Pinney:
A brief abstract is: Postscript Type1 may rest in peace, it's no longer 
supported. Adobe is focussing on OpenType.

No need to tell, that I am a happy and even proud user of pdfTeX. 
Espacially the microtype feature makes pdfTeX unreplacable at the 
moment. Nonetheless I get the impression good old TeX-Project is once 
again in danger of drifting into isolation if we fail to integrate OpenType.
As a Mac-user I have the choice to use XeTeX /or/ the microtypographic 
extensions, most (90–95%) of the users don't have this ugly choice, they 
struggle with type1 and ttf.

I believe it is one of the most important developments of pdfTeX to 
integrate OpenType support. This could, and I think it /should/ be 
actively and financially supported by the TUGs.

I'd appreciate any comments espacially affirmative ones ;-)


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