[XeTeX] XeTeX 0.99 released

Ross Moore ross at ics.mq.edu.au
Wed Dec 7 01:45:59 CET 2005

Hi Stephen,

On 07/12/2005, at 11:27 AM, Stephen Moye wrote:

> Sounds interesting, but nowhere near as interesting as enabling  
> XeTeX to use uninstalled fonts... hint, hint... {8>}

This concept of "uninstalled fonts" has been mentioned before.
I didn't really understand what was meant then, and still do not.

Is it that you prepare a document to use fonts that you do not
have installed on your local machine, so that the PDF will be
readable correctly on another machine that *does* have the fonts ?

That is, it would be like TeX using the .tfm file to typeset,
even when the glyphs themselves are not available.
Thus you need width and ligature tables for the missing fonts.

Would a PDF viewer be expected to provide a rendering using
"default" fonts, when lacking the "real" font, as Adobe Reader
can do ?

Just asking,


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