[XeTeX] Display quality of fonts

Peter Heslin p.j.heslin at dur.ac.uk
Thu Oct 26 20:38:08 CEST 2006

Christoph Bier <christoph.bier at web.de> writes:

> No, I must have expressed myself mistakable, I did not want to imply
> this. As I wrote I understand this is a matter of the viewers. But
> they display type 1 fonts---if not CID---well. So I just wanted to
> know whether XeTeX can embed OpenType fonts as normal type 1 or
> anything else that is displayed well in xpdf.

The confusion is partly Adobe's fault -- they use the terms "Type 0/1/2"
to mean several different things in their documentation.  So if you are
asking whether XeTeX can take the CFF outlines contained in a modern
OpenType font from Adobe and change them into old-fashioned PostScript
Type 1 outlines, the answer is almost certainly no.  FontForge might be
able to convert a cff-flavored OpenType font into e.g. a
truetype-flavored OpenType font, and xpdf might do a better job of
displaying a document compiled with XeTeX using that font.  If you do
try such an experiment, I'd be interested to hear how it works.


Peter Heslin (http://www.dur.ac.uk/p.j.heslin)

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