About the fonts used in this document
Reading PDFs in RiscOS
!PDF, the RiscOS reader, substitutes Homerton for the Plantin and Eric (Gill) fonts used in the document.
The RiscOS result is quite readable — however, two difficulties turn up:
- A dotless ‘i’ disappears if the word RiscOS occurs as smallcaps in headings
- Mathematical symbols, which should be in a special font such as Mathbest, turn into odd characters.
In newer versions of !PDF, the RiscOS reader, you can see the actual fonts by choosing Bitmap View (Ctrl-B or from the Display menu).
Reading PDFs on other platforms
All fonts and characters appear correctly in the more powerful PDF readers on other platforms, such as Foxit or Adobe Acrobat or (on Android) Xodo. (This is just as well, because they are what the printshop uses to produce the paper magazine!)
Fonts in the Impression document
Impression gives a reasonable display using the default fonts Trinity and Homerton, but the actual fonts in the document are these:
Occasionally an article will contain special fonts such as Mathbest or Symbol.
- The font EFF Eric Extrabold is used in the styles boxhead, author, crosshead and in-para title. It is equivalent to Monotype Gill, but Eric is used because EFF adds a Postscript version.
- Eric (or Gill) Bold is used in the style bold.
- Eric (or Gill) Regular is used in icon.
- Archive’s main bodytext is Plantin (from Monotype). An equivalent is LondonA (from EFF) — if you have it, you need change only the Normal and boxcopy style definitions.
The document was produced using Impression-X, but I have tweaked the file (byte 9) so that earlier versions of Impression should be able to read it. —Ed.