[texhax] TeX -> PostScript, but in a resolution-independent manner

Barbara Beeton bnb at ams.org
Thu Jun 5 09:42:07 CEST 2003

right you are, brian,
knuth (and ams) used the alphatype crs, at 5333 dpi.
the fonts were highly compressed bitmaps in a form other
than pk, though, so the font files weren't quite as large
as one might surmise.
							-- bb

---------- Original message ----------
Date: Thu, 05 Jun 2003 12:15:30 +0100
From: Brian {Hamilton Kelly} <B.Hamilton.Kelly at rmcs.cranfield.ac.uk>
To: texhax <texhax at tug.org>
Subject: Re: [texhax] TeX -> PostScript, but in a resolution-independent manner

Robin Fairbairns wrote:
> bitmap fonts were ok for the footling resolutions that knuth was
> dealing with in the 1970s, but we're miles away from that world, now:
> and who cares? -- xdvi rasterising type 1 fonts is adequately fast,
> even for my impatient eyes, and the rasterisers in printers are
> written by people whose only speciality it is.

Footling resolutions?  I thought one of the first output devices used by DEK
was a phototypesetter with a resolution of over 5000 lines/inch?  (Or am I
thinking of troff?)

Brian {HK}

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