[NTG-pdftex] [PATCH v3] pdftex - Add support for encfile and \pdfgentounicode for PK fonts

Philip Taylor P.Taylor at Rhul.Ac.Uk
Tue Mar 28 00:26:42 CEST 2017

Reinhard Kotucha wrote:
> But nowadays I don't see any reason to care about Type3 fonts or "PDF
> Glyph Containers" at all.  The best solution is to create Type1 fonts
> from Metafont sources.
To be honest, I see little point in creating fonts at all; there are so many superb fonts out there in the real world that creating fonts is (IMHO) just a waste of effort.  Of course, this does pre-suppose that one is using XeTeX (or perhaps LuaTeX -- I know very little about the latter), but for all its failings Unicode /*is*/ the future, and the sooner we abandon  8-bit TeX engines for ever the better (again, IMHO).  This is in no way meant to diminish Thành's achievements in creating PdfTeX, which was a stunning achievement for its time, but apart from using it for comparison purposes I do not remember the last time I used it in earnest (well, OK, more recently than I used "real" TeX !).

** Phil.
Philip Taylor

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