Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 177898
The Belleek fonts do not fully replace MathTime
Last modified: 2013-07-02 19:13:32 EDT
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Description of problem:
In April 2003, as explained in /usr/share/texmf/doc/fonts/belleek/README, the MathTime files where silently altered to use the open source Belleek fonts instead of the original MathTime fonts, for which the files were originally created.
The replacement is not full, and in fact is not working at all. As an example, try to compile
The ":" does not appear, as the fonts do not replace fully Mathtime.
I have waited two years to post this bug, as I was certain that sooner or later someone would have noticed the problem. After the nth upgrade followed by the nth replacement of the original MathTime files instead of the altered ones, I couldn't stand it anymore.
"Under the hood" replacements are BAD. I am a fully legal owner of MathTime+ fonts, and I have to constantly patch the distribution since files have been altered without changing their names, and without making available a replacement. I have dozens of LaTeX files which suddenly stopped to compile in 2003. This never happened before, and it is against the TeX philosophy of a stable system.
In the current setup, the file above will compile without any warning. The user will stare at the missing ":" without a single clue as to what's happening.
Please consider putting back the *real* MathTime support file, and create a new setup for Belleek fonts that is clearly different and marked so.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
All since 2003
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Compile the following file in a stock Fedora install, and watch the dvi:
Actual Results: The ":" is invisible.
Of course, one can at each upgrade restore the real files. But this is wrong, wrong, wrong.
The issues with Belleek fonts as a substitute of MathTime fonts is better to be
discussed on the teTeX upstream mailing list. The reason for this is that Thomas
Esser as the upstream teTeX maintainer knows more about this problem, because he
actually did the change from Belleek to MathTime fonts.
The upstream mailing list can be viewed by:
And the new posts are made by mailing to:
There are not a lot of things I can do with it anyway, because I'm not a legal
owner of MathTime fonts, therefore I've got no way to test a fix for it. I'm
subscribed on the upstream mailing list so that I'll read and eventually react
if you send a question about it there.
I also cannot fix it as I don't have the commercial MathTime fonts.