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

William Adams will.adams at frycomm.com
Fri Jun 16 14:00:48 CEST 2006

On Jun 16, 2006, at 7:46 AM, Jonathan Kew wrote:

> AFAIK, their software doesn't actually make use of this data - or  
> can ID do automatic face selection from among optically-sized  
> designs, like xetex does?

AFAIK, it doesn't, and it's one of the things I've been complaining  
of for a while.

Interestingly ID2 _would_ make use of optical sizes in a Multiple  
Master font (when it was stored in its fonts folder?), so it seems to  
be a limitation of the app.

>> 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.
> Good for you - thanks. I've also reported it via email to Tom  
> Phinney. There are actually several errors in the GPP 'size'  
> feature, as shown in the attached listing; so I'm afraid xetex will  
> do a less-than-perfect job with it, and for the time being, you'll  
> have to give explicit style names (and perhaps use /S=0 to disable  
> optical sizing in some cases) if you want to be sure you get the  
> desired face.

Much better (going straight to TP).

Thanks, I'm using Garamond Premier Pro in the conversion of a journal  
from Quark to XeTeX and I'd been wondering why things weren't looking  
right at varying sizes.

> You'd have to use explicit names anyway, if you want to access all  
> the weights, as fontspec only deals with simple four-member  
> families automatically. But the optical sizing *should* work for  
> them all, and currently won't. :(

Here's hoping for a quick update to fix it.


William Adams
senior graphic designer
Fry Communications

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