On Tue, Jan 11, 2022 at 7:20 PM Mary Ann Horton <mah@mhorton.net> wrote:
I recall attending a TeX lecture by Knuth around 1981. He said he wasn't
satisfied with the character layout from other formatting programs,
which drove him to write TeX. He illustrated in great detail the kerning
and exact placement of the font characters next to each other. I
couldn't tell the difference, but clearly it was very important to him.
He wanted his documents to look perfect.

Yes!  That goes to one of my original points.  While it is true that CM fonts have a particular look that may be interpreted as "better", there is a lot more to it.

Blake McBride