Marc Ernst Eddy van Woerkom
Wed Mar 12 19:33:50 CET 2003
> TeX/LaTeX also are flawed - TeX can't line up rows in two parallel
It was an early system to typeset maths and a glorious example of
literate programming (you can reconstruct the whole system from the
publications even in 500 years).
Of course it can't be the end of all things DTP
BTW I recommend the book
> The use of LaTeX in producing scientific documents has resulted
> in virtually all publications looking identical -
> the typography is often awful as are the fonts - believe
> me there are some really *beautiful* type 1
> postscript fonts which deserve to get used in scientific publications.
I guess that is due to TeX being free with one (older) font, and
professional fonts costing both money (priced in professional regions)
and are available only from a few sources. E.g. the lucida fonts that
were used for the LaTeX compagnion. I never encountered it in a book shop.
So most folks took the old font.
Even now, when it is possible to use a rather nice post script font in your
LaTeX doc, e.g.
one still encounters those horrible dvips2pdf-ized LaTeX docs, which don't
> Erlguten design will reflect this - the idea (not yet implemented)
> is to have a small number of templates + a large database of articles.
Thats the basic style file idea from LaTeX, or?
> The other point is *quality* I want to achieved the highest possibly
> quality - MS word etc. get character kerning *wrong* and miss out
> ligatures - they make typographically crazy decisions - setting up
> fixed columns (a la newspaper) is terribly difficult.
I would need to train my typographic know-how.
Anyone knows a standard book which is used to train typographers?
> There seems to be no good free software to produce high quality PDF
> from XML (I looked) the industry "standard" way of doing this is to
> use XSLT to transform XML to the FOSSI XML DTD and then transform this
> to a subset of TeX and then transform this to PDF.
Somebody programmed a XSLT processor in TeX
It so you can e.g. render Docbook into PDF.
If it is good I can't judge.
> This method is extremely complicated and
> incredibly difficult to produce any good results (I've tried).
Yes the setup is a PITA. The FreeBSD docbook team created an impressive
metaport just for setting up the tools.
It has also pitfalls like overflows of the standard pool sizes for
PDFTeX for a real world sized book. So you need to tweak the pool sizes.
> *beautiful* typefaces - and get the layout right - try reading a few
> books on typography first :-) ((seriously))
Please recommend some.
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