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Re: [Groff] Doubly slanted Greek in PDF

From: Robert D. Goulding
Subject: Re: [Groff] Doubly slanted Greek in PDF
Date: Tue, 8 Apr 2003 21:24:13 -0400 (EDT)

On Tue, 8 Apr 2003, Alejandro Lopez-Valencia wrote:

> At 09:03 a.m. 08/04/2003, Robert D. Goulding wrote:
> >I'm using the latest CVS.  This can't be a metric problem, since it
> >affects only the *glyph outlines*; it has something (I think) to do with
> >the way the gs pdf device interprets the postscript prologue in
> >symbolsl.pfa.  So far we have
> Believe me when I tell you I've seen the weirdest things happen with font
> metrics (I learned in the school of hard knocks, see
> CTAN:systems/mac/fonts/oztex for proof :-).
TeX font installation?  Rather you than me...

> But you are right, it is a problem with AFPL gs, I happen to have a copy of
> AFPL gs 8 here (native win32 build) that I've dug out my backups and it
> produces the same skewed result. *But* my copy of GNU gs
> 7.05---Cygwin/XFree86 build---, the one I use customarily, doesn't have the
> problem (see attached pdf).
Though I'm guessing that 7.05 has the problem with ZDR which Werner drew
our attention to.  BTW, just tried pstill on the same file, and it also
places the \(rh glyph in the wrong place.  Can anyone try out Acrobat on
Werner's file?

Another thought.  Instead of artifically slanting the S font, why not use
the true Greek Times italic font which comes with most Linux systems?
(On my RH system, it is at /usr/share/fonts/ISO8859-7/Type1/grktimi.pfb).
This would of course avoid any problems with ghostscript. If it is thought
to be a good idea, I am happy to provide the pfb and a grops metric for
the font (the font is GPL'ed).


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