[XeTeX] Display quality of fonts

Pablo Rodríguez oinos at web.de
Thu Oct 26 11:22:34 CEST 2006

Hi Christoph,

I'm not sure that Adobe Reader has the same displaying bug in
Windows/Macintosh (I haven't tested it).

If you use the poppler library (http://poppler.freedesktop.org/) and
evince (http://www.gnome.org/projects/evince/), kpdf
(http://kpdf.kde.org/) or even okular (http://www.okular.org/), I guess
you will get better displaying results.

I hope it helps,


Christoph Bier wrote:
> AFAICS XeTeX always embeds OpenType fonts as type 1 CID in PDF
> files. Unfortunately xpdf---my favourite PDF viewer---renders those
> fonts badly (t1lib and FreeType are enabled). Here's [1] how it
> looks with xpdf and here [2] how I'm used to produced by pdfTeX and
> with type 1 fonts (and without the long s). Fonts used: MinionPro
> and Bitstream Frutiger aka Humanist 777. Furthermore xpdf doesn't
> show every character used in e.g. fontspec.pdf [3]. But also AR
> 7.0.8 has some problems with certain pages in fontspec.pdf. Here's
> [4] one of the badly displayed pages and here [5] the next page
> that's displayed well.
> Is there a different way to embed fonts with XeTeX on Linux that I
> overlook? I understand the displaying problem is a matter of the PDF
> viewer and not of the typesetting engine. But even if the next
> release of xpdf or AR---when will it be?---will fix this, I can not
> assume that the people I share my PDF files with will upgrade soon
> to the new versions.
> I really appreciate the development of XeTeX and especially the
> Linux port! But I develop my PDF files with xpdf as viewer and share
> them with people using xpdf. Thus I need good looking fonts on screen.
> Best,
>   Christoph
> [1] http://zvisionwelt.de/tmpdownloads/XeTeX-type1-CID-xpdf.png (193KB)
> [2] http://zvisionwelt.de/tmpdownloads/pdfTeX-type1-xpdf.png (117KB)
> [3] http://zvisionwelt.de/tmpdownloads/fontspec-xpdf301.png (117KB)
> [4] http://zvisionwelt.de/tmpdownloads/fontspec-AR708-bad.png (175KB)
> [5] http://zvisionwelt.de/tmpdownloads/fontspec-AR708-good.png (196KB)

More information about the XeTeX mailing list