[XeTeX] The future of XeTeX

Simon Cozens simon at simon-cozens.org
Wed Aug 1 10:41:53 CEST 2012

On 01/08/2012 17:31, Zdenek Wagner wrote:
> result with pure MF. Virtual fonts have to remedy the deficiencies of
> encoding. The Latin alphabet for all languages (including Vietnamese)
> contains 500+ characters but the non-Unicode encodings allow 256.

NFSS/VF (and to some degree XeTeX) wasn't just about encoding, though. It was 
to also extend TeX beyond these strange "MetaFont" things that *nobody* was 
using to make it cope with these PS Fonts / TTF fonts that *everybody* was using.

TeX is a collection of technologies that didn't catch on.

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