>From: ibbetson <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: Re: Quick questions
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>At 20/9/2001 16:22 -0400, Michael Brady wrote:
>>Do two fonts of the same face, one a PostScript Type 1 font and one a
>>TrueType font, have the same *exact* font metrics (character width,
>>standard kerning, etc.) or is there a difference between them?
>>I first noticed some years ago that when I opened a Word file on my Mac
>>with Type 1 Times, the line breaks changed from the same Word file on a PC
>>with TrueType Times. Same version of Word. Only difference was the font
>>Same or different? General rule? Specific differences? Controlled by the
>>program that uses the font?
>I don't know whether the trouble is in the exact shape of the characters,
>in kerning differences, or where, but this effect has been widely reported
>by editors and proof-readers. Changes between PC and Mac versions of
>allegedly the same font have also been reported.
Michael & David:
While differing font metrics may have some subtle effects on Mac vs PC
machines, a *much* bigger problem is to be found in the way Word interacts
with printer drivers. I am constantly plagued by how changing from, say, my
regular printer to a different one down the hall, will completely mess up a
page's layout. I'm not talking about little things either -- several lines
may move to the following page, which can cascade throughout the document,
sometimes moving illustrations to new pages, and other horrors. I
frequently have to "rebuild" documents just so I can dump them to a PDF for
placement on the web site. This is giant pain in the buttinski...
Metric differences between Type 1 and TT? Hah! That I could live with!