[Foxet] fonts again

Adam Lindsay atl at comp.lancs.ac.uk
Mon Apr 4 01:49:54 CEST 2005


h h extern said this at Sun, 3 Apr 2005 22:40:47 +0200:

>> Even more frustrating is how foXet adds a slightly different, somewhat
>> more modern and flexible way of thinking about fonts. 
>
>hm, but it lacks a consistent body font model

True, that. I was (or should have been ;) distinguishing foXet's (not
FO's) synonyms from a ConTeXt coding point of view, really.

>> For me, the metaphor of pachinko keeps coming up when thinking about
>> fonts in ConTeXt: each font synonym sets up another pin to bounce off
>
>it's indeed a chain of mappings, but the advantage is that (in context)
>one can 
>use symbolic names all over the place, like
>
>\definefont[TitleFont][SerifBold at 50pt]
>
>without bothering what SerifBold actually is (Palatino-Bold, PalatinoBold, 
>PaladioSemi-Bold, etc)
>
>[btw, in my opinion fo by design is platform dependent with regards to fonts]

And that (multiple) level of indirection, Bruce, is sort of what ties FO
to platform specifics, as I interpret it. You have to name the font
family just right, and fonts get different names on different platforms.
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