[XeTeX] support for variation & multiple master fonts

William Adams will.adams at frycomm.com
Wed Dec 21 17:44:44 CET 2005

Adobe has pretty clearly stated on the OpenType list that they've no 
interest in doing Multiple Master fonts --- but they do advocate that a 
type designer use the associated concepts when making fonts and use 
specific instances to get the optical sizes and other variations. 
Bummer about Apple deprecating them. It'd be nice if they'd at least 
freeze support and promise to maintain functionality.

I've been playing with variations a bit and have some design projects 
which would benefit from them, so would like to see at least some sort 
of legacy support --- perhaps for MM this could be rolled into a 
separate back-end such as is envisioned for supporting non-Apple 

Like Peter, I think at least keeping a final version would be good.


William Adams
senior graphic designer
Fry Communications

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