[tex-live] Supportfiles for affordable Fontsite fonts - why not on CTAN?

Reinhard Kotucha reinhard.kotucha at web.de
Wed Mar 17 03:25:48 CET 2010

On 16 March 2010 Wolfgang Keller wrote:

 > Is there anything wrong with these fonts that an amateur like me
 > can't spot from the PDF samples?

There is something wrong which even an amateur like you should be able
to notice:


page 49, "New Baskerville".

This font is completely broken and absolutely useless.  And some of
the other fonts are broken too (awful kerning).

Yeah, the fonts are cheap, but this is not all what matters.  Fonts
which are not provided by famous font vendors are often broken or
incomplete.  Even if a font provides all glyphs required by Adobe
StandardEncoding, you can't be sure that kerning pairs are

I don't think that it's sufficient to simply run fontinst \latinfamily
on arbitrary fonts in order to create TFM files.  Especially if crappy
AFM files are involved.

BTW, what we need in the TeX world are high-quality fonts, not as many
fonts as possible.


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