LaTeX: It's Not Just for Academia, Part 1
Subject:   Fonts and More...
Date:   2004-02-06 15:30:17
From:   maartensneep
Response to: Fonts and More...

No, certainly not the letter-spacing, it is the letter-shape, I think. I like LaTeX, but I can't stand Computer Modern, to the point of actually buying the Lucida typefaces (about US$ 250, that was the savings on the software ;-).

The Computer Modern typeface, at least the serifed ones, have a very strong contrast (the difference in thickness of the up- and down-stroke of a letter; the difference between the thick and thin lines). On current printers the contrast is so large, it becomes hard to read -- vertical lines nearly dissappear. Older, lower-res printers "blurr" it a bit more, and then the effect isn't as striking. It doesn't bother me in the TeXBook (the description by D. E. Knuth, and that certainly is CM).

On current LaTeX installations, you can try \usepackage{mathptmx} to see what happens with times (some maths letters are not available in the standard times typeface, and are faked or taken from CM. Other typefaces are available, even in a standard configuration.