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Re: [Texmacs-dev] New Fonts + Native Font Rendering Patch

From: Alvaro Tejero Cantero
Subject: Re: [Texmacs-dev] New Fonts + Native Font Rendering Patch
Date: Mon, 19 Nov 2012 10:19:46 +0000

Dear all,

I wrote my Thesis using Aleksandr's work, so I would be extremely happy to be able to load it in 'standard TeXmacs'. A word of encouragement!


On 15 November 2012 06:22, Aleksandr Dobkin <address@hidden> wrote:
I'm a bit busy with work at the moment, but I will take a look at this in detail in the next few days.

I would expect that there would subtle but significant changes to the metrics. For example, ligatures would be used. It may event be desirable to scale the fonts so they work better together.

All the code and files should be available at

- Alex

On Wed, Nov 14, 2012 at 1:11 AM, Joris van der Hoeven <address@hidden> wrote:
Dear Aleksandr,

I am in the mood for starting a (partial?) reorganization of the font system,
so it might be good to have a more in depth discussion on the font issues now,
if you have time for that, of course.

First of all, I would first like to integrate the improved fonts that
you generated in the standard distribution instead of a plug-in.
My understanding is that we should start with the fonts in
Format -> (Font) Name -> Adouble -> *

I have a few questions related to this:

1) How much change is there in the font metrics?
   Can we use the same tfm files (not changing the line breaking),
   or should we foresee some non backward compatible typesetting changes?

2) Could you please prepare a patch with a replacement of all adobe fonts
   with your fonts (preferrably keeping the same names, but just
   substituting the fonts; we might change the 'Adobe' menu name
   into something else, if needed)? Please make the patch such that
   it removes all the old fonts and any stuff which is no longer needed.

Next up, I have some plans to implement support for the native Qt fonts.
I am taking into consideration your code. Or maybe we should have
something such as a qt_font. I am not sure to what extent we can
throw out the TeX font mechanisms. For instance, it seems to me that
backward compatability requires me to keep the existing tfm support.
Any opinions on this? If we replace all pfb fonts by opentype,
would you have time to do the necessary conversions?
What exactly would that buy us (increased quality? more uniformness?).

Best wishes, --Joris

PS: the following links do no longer work:

> http://dl.dropbox.com/u/384906/fonts-patch/sample3.pdf
> http://dl.dropbox.com/u/384906/fonts-patch/TeXmacs-fonts.tar.gz
> http://dl.dropbox.com/u/384906/fonts-patch/sample3.tm
> http://dl.dropbox.com/u/384906/fonts-patch/native-fonts.patch

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