Keynoting the 3rd International Conference on Typography & Visual Communication in Thessaloniki today, Dr Peter Karow - wunderkind founder of URW, father of IKARUS and behind much seminal digital type R&D - asserted that InDesign incorporated the "hz-Program" which is familiar to typophiles as his collaboration with Hermann Zapf to add "artificial intelligence" to H&J.
As a TeX user and porter since the 1980s, and someone who always lamented the relative braindeadness of all Mac WYSIWYG engines until this innovation finally appeared in InDesign, I particularly noted Adobe's bragging in sales literature that they had finally noticed and incorporated TeX's engine - the source code of which has been freely available since around 1983. (It's understood that Adobe's formatter goes a little beyond TeX's, at least in convenience.)
The TeX history page says that TeX's method is "the basis" of the hz-Program, but this is the first mention I've seen that the two pieces of software are connected in any way. Dr Karow did not mention TeX in his talk [Professor Knuth copped one mention re: METAFONT, but oddly, Dr Karow mentioned that weight interpolation from a single master remains unsolved, although MF surely is one solution]. I felt too awestruck by the great man - and confused by not being able to relate his assertion to Adobe's literature - to ask him myself; but can any typophile confirm what the connection actually is? Is Adobe too coy *cough*NIH*cough* to admit that their fancy new algorithm is actually Made In Germany?
Btw, Hrant: You are sorely missed in Thessaloniki. They tell me you haven't registered (yet?) I hope no misfortune is keeping you from our company.