[NTG-pdftex] Can PdfTeX vary font weight ?

Philip TAYLOR (Ret'd) P.Taylor at Rhul.Ac.Uk
Wed Dec 17 09:14:25 CET 2008

Reinhard Kotucha wrote:

 > Well, the easiest solution is to use another font.  I suppose that
 > Phil insists on Computer Modern in order to honor Knuth's work.

No, Phil is lazy and is working in Plain TeX, in which
the use of anything other than the CM family is more

 > But if (and only if) you exactly know that the only output device is
 > an HP CP1215 colour laserprinter, there is no reason to use so-called
 > "scalable fonts" at all.  You can instruct metafont to create
 > optimized bitmap fonts for exactly that output device.  And as far as I
 > remember there is even a variable called "blacker"...

But PdfTeX does not use PK fonts, does it ?
** Phil.

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