[texhax] Request Some feed back on TeX
William F. Adams
wadams at atlis.com
Fri Feb 4 14:12:59 CET 2005
On Feb 4, 2005, at 12:53 AM, Atif Gulzar wrote:
> I have plan to do my MS thesis in Natural Script Processing. Currently
> I am looking into two fields, Hinting and TeX. Can someone please
> suggest some potential projects in these fields. I also want to know
> that what is the future potential of TeX especially for complex
Well, the major TeX project for complex scripts is Omega. The most
promising branch of this is Giuseppe Bilotta's Aleph, and I'm sure he'd
be glad of assistance on this front.
For hinting, well, there's the stuff which is being done in the
FreeType and possibly Pango projects (Pango is a natural match there on
the complex script front).
For complex scripts there's Graphite....
but you probably already know all of the above.
I think a really promising thing to research would be to create an
analogue to Jonathan Kew's XeTeX which isn't tied to Apple's Mac OS X
platform, say coupling it with Graphite rather than Apple's text
> I have sufficient knowledge of TrueType and OpenType font development
> for complex scripts like Urdu and Khmer. I have been part of Nafees
> Naskh and Nastaliq fonts development team.
There's been some really interesting stuff published in TUGboat
recently, so you might want to get an overview of what's available by
looking at http://www.tug.org/tugboat the last two proceedings issues
in particular are filled with papers relating to the above (modulo
I don't think hinting is going to be particularly necessary in the
future --- at some point, people are going to figure out that Go Corp.
had the right idea, make _all_ user interface elements resolution
independent and scalable, and _finally_ start to take full advantage of
high-resolution displays which will eventually become ubiquitous.
Anti-aliasing ameliorates the need for hinting by a great deal as well
--- I don't think there's been much research on optimizing hinting for
full-colour anti-aliased displays beyond Microsoft's ClearType, so that
might be an interesting thing to look into.
William Adams, publishing specialist
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