Using fonts from the LaTeX Font Catalogue.

Philip Taylor P.Taylor at Hellenic-Institute.Uk
Tue May 4 12:07:52 CEST 2021

Ulrike Fischer wrote:

> The general advice to use any font in latex is to try to find a 
> support package and to use it.

And people wonder why some prefer Microsoft Word to TeX.

Really, I am having great trouble not using profanities here — someone 
wants to use a different font to the default, and they have to search 
for a /support package/ in order to use it ?!  What sort of insanity is 
this ?  If, as I suspect, the problem lies primarily with those fonts 
that exist only as AFM/PFA (or B) pairs, then why don't we just mark all 
such fonts as "deprecated" and recommend only those fonts that exist as 
TTF/OTF ?  These can then be handled natively by Xe[La]TeX, and will 
need no "support package" at all.

Incidentally, I now see that BrushScriptX-Italic existed as a PFB file 
in (some) earlier releases of TeX Live (e.g., TeX Live 2008, 9, 10, 11, 
12).  What happened to the PFB file thereafter, and is this in part a 
cause of the problem ?
/Philip Taylor/
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