[XeTeX] support for variation & multiple master fonts
Peter_Dyballa at Web.DE
Wed Dec 21 11:30:46 CET 2005
Am 21.12.2005 um 00:06 schrieb Jonathan Kew:
> How many of you care about support for AAT variation fonts (like
> Skia), and/or Multiple Master fonts (MinionMM, MyriadMM, etc.), and at
> the same time are *not* running Tiger (10.4.x)?
I have no MM fonts. And from next year on I'll surely be on Tiger, so I
don't care that much about both losses. I know that George Williams'
FontForge supports in some way AAT. In case FF is able to integrate
glyph variants into a font I would keep AAT support, being a valuable
feature. And I think that clever users would like to keep rich fonts
even if Apple might drop them ...
Could it work to release a final version of XeTeX with MultiMaster and
AAT support for pre-Tiger systems? The developing release would only
work on post-Panther systems then. Or do you expect that too many bugs
could be found in the abandoned branch? (There is something similiar
happening in another place: in GNU Emacs most development happens in a
heavily outdated, patchy, and unnecessarily complicated non-Unicode
branch which will even lead to a new release of GNU Emacs 22, while the
more useful Unicode Emacs just takes over most patches and developments
and might be released on the next Olympic summer games .)
One late wish for XeTeX 1.0: could you 'unify' the command line
interfaces of xetex and xdv2pdf to accept the same arguments and
options, be more consistent? 'xetex --help' gives a long help, 'xdv2pdf
--help' complains: 'xdv2pdf: invalid option -- -.' Then a short 'usage'
message follows, while xetex writes about an 'Usage.'
The day Microsoft makes something that doesn't suck is the day they
start selling vacuum cleaners.
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