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CTAN upload notification: tpslifonts package v0.6

Date: June 2, 2003 12:43:33 PM CEST
----- Forwarded message from ctan-upload ----- A submission was uploaded to nova.dante.de:/ftp/incoming/upload-20030530.001/. The following information was provided by our fellow contributor: Name of contribution: tpslifonts package v0.6 Name and email: Stephan Lehmke <Stephan.Lehmke at udo.edu> Suggested location on CTAN: macros/latex/exptl/texpower/tpslifonts Summary description: A LaTeX package for configuring presentation fonts License type: GNU Project Announcement text:
When I see a presentation which is a little demanding wrt fonts (especially when a lot of math is used), I'm usually disappointed by font readability. Most commercial `presentation tools' are completely out of the question because they don't have a clue about math formatting. But even when some LaTeX package is used, often the readability is not so good. cm math fonts at large design sizes are difficult to read from far away, especially at low resolutions and low contrast color choice. What is more, the LaTeX presentation package's do almost nothing for math readability. To name a few, combining cmr with cm math (seminar default), combining cmss with cm math (foils), or combining helvetica with cm math (prosper) doesn't help readability and sometimes leads to positively ugly results. It has to be said that real alternatives in the form of `presentation-friendly' math fonts freely available in PostScript Type1 format exist only since very recently. Thanks to Harald Harders for providing the hfbright collection and to Walter Schmidt for the cmbright fonts and for changing the license to make this possible. I hope that the ideas realised in the tpslifonts package lead to much better overall readability of some font combinations. The package tpslifonts offers a couple of `harmonising' combinations of text and math fonts from the (distant) relatives of computer modern fonts, with a couple of extras for optimising readability. The package offers the following features: 1) Text fonts from computer modern roman, computer modern sans serif, SliTeX computer modern sans serif, computer modern bright, or concrete roman. 2) Support for OT1 and T1 font encoding. 3) Math fonts from computer modern math, computer modern bright math, or Euler fonts. 4) Support of additional symbol fonts like AMS symbols or doublestroke. 5) All fonts configured for `smooth scaling' (like in the type1cm package). 6) Avoiding fonts not freely available in Type 1 format. 7) Careful design size selection for optimum readability. For some of the options to yield satisfying results, it is neccessary to install additional (free) Type1 fonts on your system. There's no intention to support other font families like the typical ``psnfss'' PostScript fonts, as they usually don't come in different design sizes, making the effort of tuning them for viewing futile. If you wish to use such a font, load it with the usual package's. tpslifonts is part of the TeXPower bundle, residing at http://texpower.sourceforge.net/ but is completely independent and can be used without texpower without problems. The example document slifontsexample.tex can also be compiled without TeXPower installed. A precompiled version of the example document (showing SliTeX computer modern sans serif text together with cmbright math) can be downloaded from http://texpower.sourceforge.net/doc/slifontsexample.pdf As I'm not really a font expert, I'm of course interested in opinions of the experts concerning the concepts behind tpslifonts and suggestions for improvement. regards Stephan Lehmke
Thanks for the upload; I installed it as suggested in CTAN:macros/latex/exptl/texpower/tpslifonts/ Reinhard Zierke for the CTAN team

tpslifonts – A package for configuring presentation fonts

This package aims to improve of font readability in presentations, especially with maths. The standard cm maths fonts at large design sizes are difficult to read from far away, especially at low resolutions and low contrast color choice. Using this package leads to much better overall readability of some font combinations. The package offers a couple of ‘harmonising’ combinations of text and maths fonts from the (distant) relatives of computer modern fonts, with a couple of extras for optimising readability. Text fonts from computer modern roman, computer modern sans serif, Sli computer modern sans serif, computer modern bright, or concrete roman are available, in addition to maths fonts from computer modern maths, computer modern bright maths, or Euler fonts.

The package is part of the Power bundle.

Packagetpslifonts
Version0.6
MaintainerStephan Lehmke

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