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Re: Fonts and optical scaling

From: Ludovic Courtès
Subject: Re: Fonts and optical scaling
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2006 10:50:04 +0200
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Hi Jeff,

address@hidden (Jeff Kingston) writes:

> I'm aware of the issue but I have never given serious thought
> to adding it.  I agree that the @FontDef structure and semantics
> is what needs revising.  Before we go too far, are there optically
> scaled fonts available somewhere that are actually worth using?

Among the Free Type 1 fonts, I only know of Computer Modern[0] and Latin
Modern[1] but there may be others as well.

> NB it is possible to work around this issue by including each
> different version of a font as a different family, and changing
> family when you change size.  This does not work for relative
> changes of size, of course, but if it is just a question of a
> change for large headings, say, it would do the job.

Right but that is not very convenient.

Ideally, we'd like the following things to work:

  { CM Base 10p } @Font     => use the 10p variant

But also:

  1.24356f @Font            => use the ``best'' variant


[0] http://www.ams.org/tex/type1-fonts.html
[1] ftp://cam.ctan.org/tex-archive/fonts/lm.tar.gz

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