[XeTeX] support for variation & multiple master fonts

William Adams will.adams at frycomm.com
Wed Dec 21 19:06:07 CET 2005

On Wednesday, December 21, 2005, at 12:48 PM, Jonathan Kew wrote:

> If you re-read the original message, you'll see that if I go ahead and 
> make the currently-planned changes, there will still be variation font 
> support on Tiger. It just won't work on earlier OS releases any more. 
> Does that matter?


Well, then freeze an old version for people who haven't upgraded (I'm 
back on Jaguar here at my new job --- waiting on my new Mac to arrive) 
and onward HO!

Previously JK had said:

> But as far as I understand it, newer OpenType versions like Minion Pro 
> are no longer MM; instead, you get a range of separate instances. 
> (Right? I don't have a current Adobe collection to check this stuff!)

Correct. As I alluded to in my previous e-mail, one has specific 
instances provided as separate font files (so if one needs finer 
gradation than Caption, Display, Poster, Subhead, Text you're out of 
luck. It makes for a really cluttered font list, and I really miss MMs 
and wish for a better interface.


William Adams
senior graphic designer
Fry Communications

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