Re: More thoughts

Mike Piff (
Fri, 28 Oct 1994 10:35:40

From: Mike Piff <>
Date:          Fri, 28 Oct 1994 10:35:40 
Subject:       Re: More thoughts
Message-Id: <>

Patrick Michaud <> writes

%%>I think it's a mistake to try to provide authors with the degree of control
%%>of the presentation that some of the HTML extensions propose (e.g., fonts).

How do you do multilingual stuff, or even mathematics, without changing
fonts?  I guess in an ideal world there would only be one font, with
all the 300 or so west european letters, perhaps the same number of greek
and east european letters, then arabic too, maybe 1000 or so maths symbols,
and then there is chinese...

Anyway, you just use that font and slant it, embolden it, magnify and
shrink it, and that's all there is to it.  Simple eh?

The end user can then change to Times Roman or Helvetica or ...

I think we do need font control somehow, and that is why TeX is so 
complex.  And existing fonts so infuriating!!

Mike Piff

%% Dr M J Piff, School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of %%
%% Sheffield, UK. +44 114 282 4431   e-mail: %%