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Joachim Schrod <[log in to unmask]>
Sat, 5 Apr 1997 20:03:58 +0200
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>>>>> "MO" == Marcel Oliver <[log in to unmask]> writes:

MO> 2. There may be situations where letterspacing is
MO> required (by some higher power), and TeX/LaTeX is
MO> not well equipped to satisfy such demands.

Why? TeX/LaTeX is well equipped for such tasks. If one needs it, one
needs a font that's specially designed for this demand (ligatures must
be taken care of, etc.) Then one switches the font for emphasis, just
like wo do normally. VF files might be a first step towards such
fonts, though I'm rather sure that stems must be changed if we change
glyph distances.


PS: On the topic of typographical quality, Marcel wrote

MO> At least the books by Taeubner Verlag do it like this.

If you mean the Informatik-Reihe -- they don't typeset at all, but
take camera-ready copy from the authors. I don't know about other
series, but I would not take the output of a computer books publisher
as a shining example for typesetting. Several well-known large
publishing houses belong to my customers -- many producers there
(responsible for house styles, etc.!) don't even know what a Geviert
(german for `quad') is... Neither would I take the Duden as a model,
as brought up by Richard. By explicit will of its authors its content
is descriptive, not prescriptive.
    Books like `Kaeufers Setzerlehrbuch', used for education of
Typesetter's Masters (correct? Setzermeister), books by Tschichold,
Aicher, Morris, etc., are better to learn from.

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