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Given the popularity of PDF, the pain that is OT1, and the bad on-screen rendering of bitmapped fonts in Adobe's software, I would have expected that someone would have undertaken conversion/extension of the BlueSky fonts to the T1 encoding while maintaining the quality of the hints ... but I've seen nothing about such a project anywhere.

Why is that? (Or am I wrong? I would love to be wrong!)


Now I've seen that someone is selling European Computer Modern fonts in Type1(?), and evidently they use T1 -- but why are they not free yet?

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This has nothing to do with the question, but it seems to me that you should accept more answers to your questions. This is in part a courtesy to those who respond, but also helps guide later readers to the response you consider best. – Ryan Reich Jan 21 '11 at 15:34
@Ryan: Okay, working on it... Sometimes it is hard to decide which answer to accept. – SamB Jan 22 '11 at 18:38
In that situation, if all the answers are equally useful to you, then just toss a coin. But don't leave your answerers without their due thanks and feedback, and the rest of us without a guiding light! – Brent.Longborough Jan 22 '11 at 22:02

read the web page of the font project "The Latin Modern (LM) Family of Fonts" and the demo page

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Hmm, those are perhaps close, but (a) they have incompatible metrics and (b) I have been given to understand that they are not very well hinted for on-screen rendering. The hinting does seem to have improved somewhat since http://dw.tug.org/pracjourn/2006-1/robertson/robertson.pdf, but the stems still look uneven to me in the demo PDF at 96 dpi with Adobe Reader 9.4.1. – SamB Jan 22 '11 at 20:10

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