[Fontinst] PSNFSS for URW fonts?

Ulrich Dirr ud at art-satz.de
Mon Mar 24 18:00:12 CET 2003

Walter Schmidt wrote:
> On Mon, 24 Mar 2003 09:48:35 +0100, Ulrich Dirr wrote:
>>> The Times fonts (the real ones) come also with AR3, and
>>> Courier, Symbol and ZapfDingbats are still provided with
>>> newer AR versions.  However, they have no advantage over
>>> URW's clones, which are indistinguishable.
>> But you know that there're different versions nevertheless. From
>> v1.006 to v1.007 (the well-known shape of the 'z' in italic) but
>> also changes to v2.000 (compare, e.g., kern pairs 283 vs 1038 in
>> italic) 
> You mean the Adobe Times fonts?  Well, the AR3 distributions include
> version 1.007, and that's exactly what the present PSNFSS refers to.
> I.e., the TFMs and VFS are based on version 1.007 of the AFM files.
> You may run into trouble, when you actually _purchase_ the Times
> fonts and get version 2.000. 

Yes, the Adobe fonts. 

> We have the same Preoblem with Palatino:  The version you can
> _purchase_ from Adobe (2.000) is clearly different from the
> classical PostScript base font (1.05), despite the same FontName.

That's not so obvious to me---as Adobe called them the new base fonts
(and they are probably going into RIPs with original Adobe Postscript).
> That's why a new PSNFSS should be based upon the URW fonts.  They
> must always be embedded, so you can make sure to embed the version
> that matches the TeX font metrics.  I expect to make a test release
> available in 6 weeks or so.

I agree that all font should be embedded.

Ulrich Dirr

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