[tex-live] Bug report on duplicate fonts TTF vs. OTF

Bob Tennent rdt at cs.queensu.ca
Mon Nov 10 17:01:17 CET 2014

  software such as font config could select unintentionally
  the wrong font file. For example it could use the TTF file
  while you would like to use the OTF file.

Can fontconfig not be configured to prefer OTF to TTF?

  OTF files have much more font capabilities and features
  compared to TTF files. For that reason there is no use of
  also shipping these TTF files.

OTF format provides the *possibility* of more capabilities
than TTF format. But I doubt that the particular OTF fonts
involved here provide any additional capabilities over the
TTF ones.

I think many applications can't cope with OTF format and
so the TTF files are useful. On the other hand, otftotfm
support for TTF files is still "experimental" and so it is
useful to distribute them as the "source" files as well
when distributing LaTeX support.

Bob T.

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