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From Vincent Hennebert <vincent.henneb...@anyware-tech.com>
Subject Re: Default font FOP and Adobe
Date Thu, 08 Nov 2007 10:16:39 GMT

Some nitpick from a typography amateur :-)

Jeremias Maerki wrote:
> I'm going to add this missing piece to our documentation right now. 
> BTW,
> "any" is not mapped to "Times New Roman", but to "Times Roman". I don't
> know if there's a difference between the two. Probably not, nowadays,

There is. Times Roman is the original typeface created in 1931 for the 
newspaper The Times [1]. It forms the base of the Postscript font 
developed by Linotype and originally used as one of the Base 14 fonts of 

The URW Nimbus Roman No9 L font that can be found on Linux systems is 
a clone of this font. The Times New Roman font is a TrueType font 
developed by Monotype for Microsoft and whose metrics match the metrics 
of the original Times font, so that it can be used as a replacement.

The case of Helvetica is very similar. Arial was also developed by 
Monotype for Microsoft to match Helvetica’s metrics (see [2]).

I won’t enter the details, but this is all a problem of competition, at  
the time, between Adobe and Microsoft, Postscript and TrueType fonts, 
and license fees. I will also not launch the usual purist debate on this 
topic ;-) The fact is that nowadays on Windows boxes Times New Roman and 
Arial are always used as a replacement for Times and Helvetica, and 
among others as Base 14 fonts for the Adobe Reader.


[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Times_Roman
[2] http://www.ms-studio.com/articles.html

(Oops, my geek score has suddenly increased...)

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