[XeTeX] resolution (was Re: The future of XeTeX)

Keith J. Schultz keithjschultz at web.de
Wed Aug 1 00:02:47 CEST 2012

Hi William,

You are only partially correct. Yes, you can create very fine structures
off the glyphs. Yet, is only a part of the picture. 

You forget interword spacing and kerning. Gutenberg, could never match
the resolution of microtype. 

Of course, the whole line could be done by hand, but how how exact could one


Am 31.07.2012 um 19:38 schrieb William Adams <will.adams at frycomm.com>:

> On Jul 31, 2012, at 11:59 AM, Keith J. Schultz wrote:
>> except micro-type goe sway beyond Gutenbergs resolution!
> Sure, if one chooses to use sp to define such, but one defines in terms of an em-square (the utility of the sp is that it forecloses on rounding issues).
> You're not going to have a useful value of less than a dot on an imagesetter though, so 1/3600th of an inch is as small as it goes and 1/2400 or 1/2540 is more typical, and w/ a graver one can take a curl off of a steel punch which is that thickness or smaller, see Fred Smeijers, _Counterpunch: making type in the sixteenth century, designing typefaces now_.

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