On 23 Jul 2009, at 03:34, John Hunter wrote:
> If experience is any guide, you won't hear from the people who depend
> on it until you remove support (plaintive pleas to the mailing list
> notwithstanding). The old timers love their small PS files, and we
> support this because many people have asked for it. I hesitate to
> remove support lacking compelling justification, though I prefer the
> embedded solution myself.
I am just pondering if it is a compelling enough reason to add support
for it to mathtex -- as the only use for AFM support would be
specifically for embedded PS/PDF fonts.
Would this be a valid alternative: bundling fonts with similar metrics
as the PS fonts (we already have some unicode fonts in mathtex) and
then on the matplotlib side choose not to embed such fonts. So mathtex
works in terms of .ttf fonts, but at the matplotlib end of things it
can opt not to embed them.
This way we retain support for the feature with no additional demands