[XeTeX] Optical sizing (was: Feedback on W32 Port of XeTeX v0.994)

William Adams will.adams at frycomm.com
Fri Jun 16 13:23:24 CEST 2006

On Jun 15, 2006, at 5:38 PM, Jonathan Kew wrote:

> I've been working on the Linux/Windows font code so that it better
> matches the Mac behavior, where optical sizes do work properly. I'll
> be updating the code in Subversion tomorrow, I expect, and new builds
> should follow.

Great news!

> However, in the meantime I've also realized that some of the 'size'
> data in Garamond Premier Pro is *incorrect*, and therefore the
> results you get with XeTeX will still not be entirely as expected. In
> particular, compare:
> GaramondPremrPro-ItCapt.otf:design size 6 pt, size range (6 pt, 8.9
> pt], subfamily ID 6, subfamily name Italic
> GaramondPremrPro-It.otf:design size 6 pt, size range (6 pt, 8.9 pt],
> subfamily ID 6, subfamily name Italic
> So "Garamond Premier Pro Italic Caption" and "Garamond Premier Pro
> Italic" have identical 'size' data; but they are in fact distinct
> designs, and the latter is clearly meant to be the 11pt design size.
> I'm afraid xetex can't figure that out by magic, though; it can only
> go by what it actually finds in the font!

Wonder how that slipped through their QA department?

I've mentioned it on an InDesign mailing list where a lot of Adobe  
employees hang out, (w/ attribution to you and mention of the XeTeX  
list) so hopefully it'll get on their radar.


William Adams
senior graphic designer
Fry Communications

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