[tex-live] Embedding TrueType fonts in manuals

Zdenek Wagner zdenek.wagner at gmail.com
Tue Jul 24 16:40:42 CEST 2007

2007/7/24, Frank Küster <frank at kuesterei.ch>:
> Javier Fernández-Sanguino Peña <jfs at computer.org> wrote:
> > On Tue, Jul 24, 2007 at 09:39:27AM +0200, Frank Küster wrote:
> >> The workflow for producing the Debian installation instructions uses
> >> *dvipdf*, not dvipdf*m* or dvipdf*mx*.  That's a wrapper which envokes
> >> dvips and gs.  I have no idea why that was chosen - perhaps just
> >> "historical reasons".
> >
> > Actually, the d-i manual uses dvipdf, but many other documents in the Debian
> > Documentation Project use  debiandoc2latexpdf which uses 'pdflatex' as a
> > backend. The reason for this is that the d-i manul is written in Docbook-XML
> > but most other documentation is (still) written using DebiandocSGML.
> >
> > Are there any known issues/recommendations with pdflatex we should take into
> > account in the build process?
> I've never seen dvipdf (the dvips/gs wrapper) being used other than in
> automated package building, whereas loads of people use pdflatex for
> daily work, with complicated documents and/or workflow, and still quite
> a lot (in particular in non-western countries) use latex and dvipdfm(x).
> Therefore it's likely that there are actually less issues with both of
> these ways than with dvips/gs.
> The only drawback is that, as bugs are being fixed, some workarounds
> might stop producing the desired results.  Bitrot therefore will likely
> have worse effects than with dvips/gs.
I don't think so. there was a bug in ps2pdf distributed with gs 7.x
which was triggered mainly in PS files generated by dvips. The bug was
fixed in 8.x after my bug report. I do not remember the exact version
numbers where it was fixed. so the results may change even with

> Regards, Frank
> --
> Frank Küster
> Single Molecule Spectroscopy, Protein Folding @ Inst. f. Biochemie, Univ. Zürich
> Debian Developer (teTeX/TeXLive)

Zdeněk Wagner

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