Re. TT vs. PS fonts

Subject: Re. TT vs. PS fonts
From: Geoff Hart <geoff-h -at- MTL -dot- FERIC -dot- CA>
Date: Wed, 10 Jan 1996 13:02:43 LCL

Whether you prefer Truetype (TT) or Postscript (PS) fonts
is a matter of personal taste, not an absolute rule; I've
seen ghastly examples and superb examples in both formats,
and in most cases, there's no detectable difference for the
same typeface.

The big problem with TT is that it's exclusively a font
technology, whereas PS handles anything that you can draw
with lines and dots. Given the possibility for confusion at
service bureaus that do typesetting, I ruthlessly exclude
TT from my professional work. (The problem arises if, for
example, you specify TT Times Roman and the typesetter
inadvertently substitutes PS Times Roman; the line breaks
can get seriously screwed up.)

BTW, TT was developed jointly by Apple and Microsoft; it's
not a Windows exclusive, and indeed, Apple ships only TT
fonts with most of its computers (and many of its printers)
so they don't have to pay Adobe royalties; they do,
however, ship PS fonts with most of their higher-end laser
printers.

--Geoff Hart @8^{)}
geoff-h -at- mtl -dot- feric -dot- ca

Disclaimer: If I didn't commit it in print in one of our
reports, it don't represent FERIC's opinion.


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