[scribus] Need Arial, Times New Roman Font "equivalents" to look/print nice in PDF
john at wexfordpress.com
Tue Feb 22 01:05:20 CET 2011
On Monday 21 February 2011 14:25:37 John Brown wrote:
> On John Mon, 21 Feb 2011 13:17:59 -0500,
> John Culleton wrote:
> > On Monday 21 February 2011 12:52:35 Rob Oakes wrote:
> > > Hi Drw,
> > >
> > >
> > > I personally don't care for either Arial or Times New Roman. I
> > > think they are significantly overused.
> > > Cheers,
> > >
> > > Rob Oakes
> > I agree.
> > Second, because Times is the default for
> > MSWord it is easily recognizable as the product of an amateur
> > typographer. So I suggest something outside the Microsoft Windows
> > collection, such as Bitstream Charter, Minion, Adobe Garamond or
> > Sabon.
> > --
> > John Culleton
> That is a reason not to use a font? Because the commoners use it?
> I would think that the work of an amateur typographer will look
> amateurish whichever font he uses. Similarly, I would expect the
> work of the professional to look professional regardless.
> Alias John Brown.
Well its a tough world out there. When you submit to a prepub reviewer
you don't want to give them an extra reason for denying a review. Now
I have had one publisher of academic works insist on Times Roman but
they also insisted on a large point size so that it didn't come out
too badly. But that publisher obviously didn't know its corporate ear
from its elbow when it came to setting up books in the current era.
They wanted camera ready copy but with no trim guides.
Looking at my Galaxy Gauge Font I.D. guide the only Transitional Serif
font that seems more compressed horizontally than Times Roman is
Perpetua, and that is an italic.
In Bringhurst I find the passage:
"When the only font available is Cheltenham or Times Roman the
typographer must make the most of its virtues...but there is nothing
to be gained by pretending that Times Roman is Bembo..."
And Felici says simply:
"Times is probably used inappropriately more than any other typeface
Felici also shows a passage set in TR followed by the same passage set
in Sabon showing the advantage of the wider face. It looks much less
One more time. There are lots of better choices. It is not a matter of
being commoners, it is a matter of looking like amateurs. The
authorities, at least the ones on my shelf, seem to agree.
One nice font that I forgot to mention is Stone.
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