[NTG-context] Re: XeTeX no longer working

Adam Lindsay atl at comp.lancs.ac.uk
Tue Oct 26 14:20:30 CEST 2004

Nikolai Weibull said this at Tue, 26 Oct 2004 13:32:23 +0200:

>I'm sorry to barge in on this discussion, but this XeTeX thing?  Are you
>running Mac OS X to use it, or is there an easy way to get it working on
>UN*X?  I tried finding information on setting it up on UN*X, but it
>didn't seem there was any.

Hi Nikolai,

Sorry to exclude you, but this XeTeX thing is totally a MacOSX thing.
It's an evolution of TeX/GX, and uses Apple's advanced typography APIs
for font handling. It means *massive* simplification of font
installation, special feature use, and Unicode, but at the cost of cross-
platform-ness and some backward compatibility (mostly in legacy fonts). 

The backward compatibility is improving with each release, but the thing
is never going to be cross-platform with respect to Apple's APIs. If you
do get your hands on a MacOSX system, I highly recommend giving XeTeX a try!
[ http://scripts.sil.org/xetex ]

 Adam T. Lindsay, Computing Dept.     atl at comp.lancs.ac.uk
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