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Is there a (technical or other) reason why no font packages outside of TIPA provide fonts with the T3 encoding?

It would be nice to avoid being tied to Computer Modern or Times, which are the two font types offered by TIPA, whenever I want to use glyphs from the T3 encoding.

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Nobody cared to? –  egreg Mar 16 at 16:51
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I asked the people behind the libertine package, and I was told that it has no T3 encoding because the tool otftotfm, which converts OpenType fonts to TeX fonts, doesn't include that option. –  Sverre Mar 16 at 17:25
    
Going forward it probably makes more sense to rely less on legacy 8 bit encodings and assume xetex/luatex and OTF fonts with Unicode based encodings, so there is even less incentive than previously to encode fonts to classic TEX's whim. –  David Carlisle Mar 16 at 20:54
    
I more or less agree with that, which is why I use xelatex 95% of the time. But latex has its advantages sometimes. And latex fonts are still being maintained, developed, and created - just never with T3 encoding. But I sense that the answer here is that there is no specific reason why TIPA is the only font package with T3 fonts. It's just the only one that decided to make some. –  Sverre Mar 17 at 12:15
    
If the characters are there, you can generate support files. But you need the characters to be in the fonts. otftotfm can use standard encoding files, I think, so I don't really understand that reasoning. –  cfr Mar 24 at 3:57

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