[pdftex] Math Pdftex extensions ?
pragma at wxs.nl
Sun Jan 15 23:33:15 CET 2006
Reinhard Kotucha wrote:
>>>>>>"Paul" == Paul Pichaureau <paul.pichaureau at alcandre.net> writes:
> > Dear all,
> > As I'm a fanatic a beautiful typography, I'm following your work
> > on pdftex with great attention, especially enjoying the pdftex
> > extensions already implemented (microtype and all the hz stuff).
> > Anyway, I'm wondering if you plan to extend pdftex in order to
> > improve the mathematical typography of TeX. I'm developping a big
> > set of mathematical fonts (called mathdesign) and I'm quite aware
> > of the problems of TeX in this domain.
> > I've precise points in mind: mathematical accents, radical with
> > left and right delimiters, and, of course, the insufficiencies of
> > the tfm format. But you already know that better than me.
> > So, this is my question: is it planned to improve some of these
> > points in the future ?
>Yes, I think so. See
>But I don't think that someone will change the tfm structure. Anyway,
>there are plans to support OTF and maybe tfm files are not longer
>needed then (at least for OTF).
i'm not so sure of that; maybe not tfm, but by means of primitives, we
need to be able to tweak font/glyph characteristics; also, we nee dto be
able to 'create new fonts or combinations of glyphs'; open type fonts
may not be complete, not be suitable for a task etc; probably most open
type fonts can be used out of the box then, but tex(ies) have a
reputation of a need-to-tweak
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