[XeTeX] support for variation & multiple master fonts

William Adams will.adams at frycomm.com
Thu Dec 22 15:05:28 CET 2005

On Thursday, December 22, 2005, at 08:51 AM, Simon Spiegel wrote:

> I don't think that's true either. Tiger hasn't seen any serious update 
> to AAT, instead we got improved OT support. There are almost no AAT 
> fonts available, so I highly doubt Apple will continue on this track.

I pretty distinctly remember an Apple representative saying somewhere 
that all future fonts bundled with / developed for Mac OS X would be 

However, I wonder how long Apple will maintain and continue to provide 
Apple Chancery, Zapfino, Skia and Hoefler Text as AAT .dfonts --- given 
the hue and cry over changing the metrics for Zapfino between 10.1 and 
10.2, I'd like to think they'd see at least an on-going commitment to 
at least Q&A and maintenance for backwards compatibility as a needful 
customer support requirement and so be committed to this for the 

(who actually has an AAT font in development, a roman font with an 
optical and a stylistic (serif to sans) axis, and plans for two others, 
one with a stylistic axis such as has not been done before, another a 
revival of an interesting script font from the '50s or so which doesn't 
have a contemprary analogue)

William Adams
senior graphic designer
Fry Communications

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