[XeTeX] Lucida Sans tracked tighter

Ross Moore ross at ics.mq.edu.au
Thu Apr 6 01:27:03 CEST 2006

On 05/04/2006, at 9:06 PM, William Adams wrote:

> On Apr 4, 2006, at 9:08 PM, Will Robertson wrote:
>> Some thoughts for controlling kerning in XeTeX have crossed my mind
>> in the past, for when precise details matter. A global tracking
>> parameter could be useful if used in moderation.
> This is a good example of why I've been arguing that being able to
> write out a font's characteristics from w/in XeTeX (or using some
> external tool) and then modify them and read them back in would be a
> useful capability.

This is something that Textures could do, with virtual fonts.

It allowed you to dump a "Property List" for the font, in a human
readable form. After editing, you read it in and create a new virtual
font, along with a .tfm resource. Now you use it like any other
TeX font.

> Being able to encapsulate the specific characteristics of a font when
> archiving a job is another reason.

Hmm. That's a good point, seeing that the life-time of a specific font
variant is not very long these days.
How many different variants of 'Times' have there been since the 1980s ?

> William
> -- 
> William Adams
> senior graphic designer
> Fry Communications



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