[NTG-context] Optical scaling

Idris Samawi Hamid ادريس سماوي ح Idris Samawi Hamid ادريس سماوي ح
Wed Dec 3 15:09:24 CET 2008


Hi,

On Wed, 03 Dec 2008 01:30:33 -0700, Michail Vidiassov <master at iaas.msu.ru>  
wrote:

> among advertised advantages of TeX there used to be "optical scaling",

It still is

> when text in the same font but in different sizes has different shapes of
> glyphs. That used to be the feature of metafont fonts and derived
> PostScript ones (like cm-super).

Or Latin Modern, also derived from the meta sources.

> But it seems now, with TeX Gyre becoming the default free fonts set, it
> seems the idea is dropped.

LM is default, and is fully optically scaled

> Is it really so or one just needs some
> commercial OpenType font family to use it (Adobe Opticals)?

TeX/ConTeXt supports optical fonts, such fonts (=LM) are still the  
default, and you can plug any commercially available set like Minion  
Optical Pro into the system.

Best wishes
Idris

-- 
Professor Idris Samawi Hamid, Editor-in-Chief
International Journal of Shi`i Studies
Department of Philosophy
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523


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