[Scribus] Live-CD: TeX fonts
Mon Jul 4 19:33:28 CEST 2005
Am Montag, 4. Juli 2005 01:18 schrieb PLinnell:
> On Sunday 03 July 2005 21:55, Christoph Sch?fer wrote:
> > in search for fonts to be included in the Live CD, I thought
> > converting TeX Metafonts might be a good idea as long as they could
> > be converted into reliable Type 1 fonts.
> > Has anybody already had some experience with mftrace
> > (http://www.xs4all.nl/~hanwen/mftrace/) or textrace
> > (http://textrace.sourceforge.net/)?
I used mftrace as a convenient tool to convert some TeX Metafont sources into
Type 1 fonts, in particular some of the "Bookhands" and "Trajan" Fonts by
Peter Wilson. It was easy, and I could use them for a serious professional
print project with Scribus.
But then, I might have been just lucky; also, a lot of manual extra work in
Scribus has to be done (kerning, width etc.) with these homebrewed fonts -
you do this only for a small number of headings or a couple of short lines,
not for the bodyfont of a book.
Quite a number of the public Metafont sources have been converted into Type 1
fonts in the last time using the tools you named. However, the "real" TeX
Type 1 fonts (e. g. Latin Modern) have been created with a lot of skilled
work, quite some money and it took quite some time to develop them, and there
are still bugs in the fonts.
> At first glance, I would be *very* skeptical of including any kind of
> converted fonts without some serious QA on the fonts after
This is certainly necessary if you want to rely on your fonts. In general I
would go for fonts proven in practical work, and these are most of the time
the known commercial ones - and some of the Computer Modern and the Latin
Modern TeX fonts. Reliability and working efficiency can make a Adobe font
cheaper than a free self knitted collection of glyphs.
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