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Re: TeX on Easy Street

Larry Siebenmann writes:
 >  > Idee naive : on transforme en police de type I une
 >  > instantiation (mais cela a-t-iol un sens ?), puis on
 >  > utilise Ed Metrics pour obtenir le tfm.
well, yes, it is that easy, in essence
 > TeX viewer programmers could and should
 > therefore endeavor to have MM fonts sub in for
 > unavailable type 1 fonts.  And in conditions that 
 > tap multi-master talents to produce good results.
the flaw is that this is clever bit in ATM/Acrobat, surely, the
matching up of a desired font to an MM instance. not that easy to

 > When this is accomplished we will probably find that by
 > TeX-setting with *any* standardly encoded font with
 > reasonably normal metric properties and deleting most of
 > each font pfb, the MM mechanism will click in and
 > provide readible and sometimes handsome text.
we get this already simply by using Adobe's Distiller program. works

there is a related question, which is deliberate use of MM fonts in
TeX; Michel Goossens, Rib Fairbairns and I have a paper about this in
the latest TUGboat. We use a manual systsem for deriving instances,
but as Berthold pointed out, ATM in combination with Y&Y TeX makes
is a lot smoother.

i do actually have a MakeTeXTFM script for Unix which responds to font
requests for any of the standard LATeX series and shape and size
setups by creating a Minion instance. how its done is trivial - the
interesting part is what the value of the "boldness" vector is for
"sb" as opposed to "b"!