Computer Modern Fonts, Unicode, short term fix (was: Re: Adding Accufonts to the update stream)

Cees de Groot cg at
Tue Feb 25 15:50:36 UTC 2003

On Tue, 2003-02-25 at 16:32, Hannes Hirzel wrote:
> FYI, Andrew Greenberg once did a file-in for Computer Modern Fonts.

I know, and I don't think I liked the result. 

The issue is that CM has been designed for high-resolution devices. Even
on a medium-resolution printer the results are so-so, and with the
typical small glyphs on a low-resolution computer screen, the results
that are produced by the Metafont rendering engine are just not good
enough (and then, I'm completely ignoring the m15n aspect of the issue).

There are two ways to produce acceptable fonts at sizes of ~10 pixels:
- Increase 'virtual resolution' by antialiasing;
- Handcraft the bitmaps.
The first way is done with TrueType. Lots of work, lots of patents, and
personally I don't know whether I like the results in all cases. The
second way has been done for us by specialists from DEC and Adobe, and
is up for grabs. 

So although I appreciate all the ideas coming from left and right, I
completely fail to understand why anyone could be opposed to using
Helvetica/Times/Courier as the standard font (and, by all means, have
100 font customization packages on SqueakMap).

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