[tex-live] Re: Please drop the DVI-with-pdfTeX hack!

Reinhard Kotucha reinhard.kotucha at web.de
Fri Sep 9 22:47:22 CEST 2005


>>>>> "Jonathan" == Jonathan Fine <J.Fine at open.ac.uk> writes:

  > TeX (written by Don Knuth) is renowned for its stability.  Many
  > users value this quality very highly.

  > It seems that the microtypographic capabilities of pdfTeX have not
  > reached the same degree of stability.

I did not look into the sources, but it seems that microtype.sty tries
to support very ancient versions of pdfTeX. 

There had been a change in in character protrusion code (proposed by
Don Knuth) but this was years ago (version 0.13 or 0.14).

I suppose that microtype is quite useless with these old versions of
pdfTeX because people had to create all the tfm files for font
expansion manually before the \autoexpand primitive had been added.

PdfTeX is quite stable.  I use it for a couple of years and I did not
have any problems.


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