[pdftex] pdftex - Support for Type3 fonts

Reinhard Kotucha reinhard.kotucha at web.de
Fri Aug 5 00:04:08 CEST 2016

On 2016-08-04 at 10:33:07 +0200, Martin Schröder wrote:

 > 2016-08-04 0:14 GMT+02:00 Pali Rohár <pali.rohar at gmail.com>:
 > > Ok thank you for answer. As I understand you Type3 fonts are not
 > > supported by pdftex.
 > IIRC this is wrong: Bitmap fonts (e.g. Metafont fonts) _are_
 > converted to Type3 fonts and work with PDF. So at least _some_ kind
 > of Type3 fonts are supported (or generated by pdfTeX).

Thinking about the issue again, I fear that what I said in a former
message was wrong.  In order to *insert* a Type3 font into a PDF
file, no PostScript interpreter is needed, of course.

The Type3 format doesn't support hinting, hence Type3 fonts always
look extremely ugly at low resolutions.  I suppose that FontForge can
convert Type3 to Type1 and apply hints automatically.

Is there any reason not to go this way?  The conversion has to be done
only once.


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