[tex-live] replacing ae with lm

Manuel Pégourié-Gonnard mpg at elzevir.fr
Tue May 12 01:02:24 CEST 2009

Robin Fairbairns a écrit :
> as far as i know, none of the mapping applications can deal with
> virtually composed fonts, so cut&paste of documents using ae will never
> work.
What a pity, no cut&paste.

>> There seems no advantage to using lm over cm for this purpose, unless
>> one changes the virtual fonts so that they access accented characters
>> directly. In that case, a user doesn't really need ae, but could simply
>> use the ec or lm fonts directly with fontenc.
>> So my question is: why bother?
> simply to get away from virtual fonts.  there are those who will never
> change unless the carpet is pulled away from under them...

I tend to agree.

> though i
> note no-one mentions dumping aeguill, which iirc used at one time to be
> popular with the french and others who use guillemets (or one of adobe's
> auk-family birds).
aeguill is still popular with some French users, namely those who never change
unless the carpet is pulled away...

Well, on one hand I think the tradition is to always preserve compatibility with
older documents, on the other hand the cm-like font landscape is so complicated,
every opportunity of simplifying it should probably be considered.


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