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Re: volunteer(s) needed for Latin2 enhancement

From: Matej Cepl
Subject: Re: volunteer(s) needed for Latin2 enhancement
Date: Thu, 11 May 2000 23:13:57 +0200

On 9 May 00, at 10:07, Jeffrey Howard Kingston wrote:

> In an attempt to make life easier for users of the Latin2 character
> set, I have enhanced Lout for the next release to enable it to
> build composite characters, following a design posted on this
> mailing list some time ago by Uwe. 


just a couple of questions:

* will it be working with PDF back-end (or will ps2pdf produce
  usefull PDF with it, i.e. without Type3 fonts)?
* your kerning based on unacctended characters produces highly
  unsatisfactory results with characters like tcaron or dcaron,
  especially in small fonts like footnotes (see in
  http://www.volny.cz/cepls/ps-pdf/ files ce-font.ps.gz,
  ce-fonts.pdf, and ce-fonts.lt respectively)
Actually, I have some remarks on PDF generally as well:

* I tested Expert's Guide produced by lout -Z command and it
  seems to me that there are no links from the table of content
  (promised on page 79 of the user's guide). I used to use
  pdflatex, and there were links even from footnotes and
  citations to their respective targets.

* What's much worse is that some lines are strangely squeezed
  down in Acrobat Reader 4.0 (like with approx. {1.5 1.0} @Scale )
* What's even worse is that the same .pdf breaks GhostScript (and
  GhostView as well -- both tested on Win98, Aladdin GhostScript
  6.01 (2000-03-17), GSView32 2.8 (2000-02-17)); attached to this
  message is output of command

  gswin32 expert.pdf

  This last comment relates only to PDF produced directly by lout
  -- ps2pdf version is OK (unfortunately without links).

                Have a nice day

                                Matej Cepl
in Use.htm.
Processing pages 1 through 100.
Page 1
Loading NimbusRomNo9L-Regu font from c:\Program 
... 1842712 495283 1622408 325086 1 done.
Error: /undefined in /TextSaveMatrix
Operand stack:
   --dict:5/5(L)--   F0
Execution stack:
   %interp_exit   .runexec2   --nostringval--   --nostringval--   --
-   2   %stopped_push   --nostringval--   --nostringval--   --
nostringval--   fa
lse   1   %stopped_push   1   3   %oparray_pop   --nostringval--   2   
1   100
 --nostringval--   %for_pos_int_continue   --nostringval--   --
nostringval--   -
-nostringval--   --nostringval--   %array_continue   --nostringval--   
false   1
   %stopped_push   --nostringval--   %loop_continue   --nostringval--
ngval--   --nostringval--   --nostringval--
Dictionary stack:
   --dict:936/983(ro)(G)--   --dict:0/20(G)--   --dict:70/200(L)--   --dict:70/2
00(L)--   --dict:83/127(ro)(G)--   --dict:177/230(ro)(G)--   --dict:15/15(L)--
 --dict:4/6(L)--   --dict:13/20(L)--   --dict:2/5(L)--
Current allocation mode is local
Aladdin Ghostscript 6.01: Unrecoverable error, exit code 1
gsdll_init returns 1


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