What about TFM ? (was Re: [pdftex] Math Pdftex extensions ?)

Paul Vojta vojta at Math.Berkeley.EDU
Wed Jan 18 05:07:05 CET 2006

On Mon, Jan 16, 2006 at 08:23:27AM +0100, Paul Pichaureau wrote:
> Let's dream a little: pdftex could be able to understand directly an
> opentype font. I mean : reencode it if needed, produce the tfm
> on-the-fly, and, if a virtual font is provided, use it.
> For the end-user, it is the perfect scenario: all the otf file he
> stores in a directory are immediately usable by tex.
> Of course, in a first time, some features are not accessible, some
> characters could be missing, etc. In this case, some guru will produce
> one day a good virtual file, with all the tweaking needed, and the
> whole font is usable with only two files ! (Yes, I'm dreaming !).

Not entirely.  According to an article in the most recent TUGboat,
xetex does this already.

--Paul Vojta, vojta at math.berkeley.edu

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