[NTG-context] Open Type trickery [was Re: Encoding and mapping glyphs from an expert font

Idris Samawi Hamid ishamid at lamar.colostate.edu
Sun Apr 10 19:31:00 CEST 2005

>===== Original Message From "Adam Lindsay" <atl at comp.lancs.ac.uk> =====
>Idris Samawi Hamid said this at Sat, 9 Apr 2005 19:27:21 -0600:

>>While we will still need huge fonts, the processing of complicated accents
>>should be much faster with the approach I have in mind (smaller otp's and

>It sounds a bit tricky with the eTeX line, because of the 256-character-
>per-TeX-font limit.

Aleph gives us 64,000-characters/font plus etex so that's not a problem. But 
with some font/otp creativity we can still get some rather small fonts 
(compared to the 10,000-character ovfs I'm using now...)

>Not necessarily impossible, but certainly
>contortionate. I'm led to think about XeTeX--a fair number of people on
>the list are happy with the AAT/OpenType support they get with some very
>sophisticated Arabic fonts.

If you can have one of your friends send me some pdf samples, that would be 
nice. I am especially interested in accent handling over ligatures. OTOH, I 
have yet to see a normal Arabic-script font with a full accent palette plus a 
very complete set of ligatures (except mine of course->) Yes, there are 
certainly some (outrageously expensive) Mac programs that come with really 
beautiful and complete calligraphy Arabic fonts; I'll have to have a look at 
those one day...

>And when you consider the educational price
>of a Mac mini, you're still way below the price of some software
>packages... :)

I'll look into it (Hans made a similar suggestion to me a few days ago), 
though my own goal with my Arabic-script package is platform independence. 
OTOH, aleph has much better bidi/large font/transcription support than 
pdfetex. Maybe I will come to a TeX conference and lobby for integration of 
these two. Then all will be well in the world...


Professor Idris Samawi Hamid
Department of Philosophy
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523

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