[texhax] Book Antiqua

William Adams will.adams at frycomm.com
Tue May 23 17:05:37 CEST 2006

On May 23, 2006, at 10:16 AM, Philip TAYLOR wrote:

> William Adams wrote:
>> Don't use Book Antiqua. It's a knock-off of Prof. Hermann Zapf's
>> Palatino over which he resigned from ATypI.
>> http://www.mindspring.com/~fez/palatino/palfaq1.0.txt
> It doesn't say "don't use it"; it says
>> If you do have Book Antiqua and use it,
>> be a good person and buy the real thing.
> So there's no reason why the querent shouldn't use it so
> long as he owns a licenced copy of Palatino ...

Except that a big part of Prof. Zapf's complaint was that Book  
Antiqua wasn't done very well in both a technical and aesthetic sense  
--- all spacing in it matches that of the metal font in an 18 unit  
system, so spacing adjustments are much coarser than they should be,  
so things don't look as nice as they would when using a design  
produced w/o mindlessly following such constraints.

And working out how to use Book Antiqua is silly when one can get  
access to something better and more capable, and more compatible with  
a single line:



William Adams
senior graphic designer
Fry Communications

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