[texhax] The microtype mystery

Uwe Lueck uwe.lueck at web.de
Tue Aug 17 11:06:03 CEST 2010

George Gratzer <gratzer at me.com>, 16.08.2010 20:59:19

>My book is 606 pages long. It is a single file plus the .ind file and125 pdf illustrations.
>Here are the packages used:
>Typeset time as reported by "time":
>real	0m2.595s
>user	0m2.527s
>sys	0m0.063s
>that is, 3 secs. pdf file is 4.4 MB.
>Now if I use the microtype package( the book  is now 3 pages shorter):
>real	0m35.443s
>user	0m35.155s
>sys	0m0.115s
>typesetting is over 35 secs. pdf file is 4.6 MB.
>My iMac has 8GB memory; the whole ms with illustrations is 
>tiny in comparison: about 40 MB.
>Anything I could do to speed up this typesetting?

Hans Hagen's TUG 2010 paper indicates something similar, while I don't have own experience with microtypography. Glyph expansion offers more alternatives to try in line-breaking than ordinary typesetting (I guess). 

I liked your General Lattice Theory, thanks!

Cheers to all, 


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