[NTG-context] feature request: external figures with XeTeX

Ricard Roca ricardroca at gmail.com
Thu Aug 17 12:21:51 CEST 2006


I think \externalfigure support is the only \special feature that still 
doesn't work with XeTeX. It seems that color, paper sizes and pdf interaction 
work well. This is not a big problem, because you can use \XeTeXpicfile (for 
jpg, png and bmp) and \XeTeXpdffile (you can specify width, scale, angle, 
etc., and with pdf files, the page). The documentation is in the file 
XeTeX-notes.pdf, available with the Mac OS X XeTeX package (available options 
are 'width', 'height', 'scaled', 'xscaled', 'yscaled', 'rotated', and 'page' 
for pdf files). So you can do all the normal graphic manipulations without 
knowing box dimensions, etc., like with \externalfigure.

But their syntax is a bit strange from the conTeXt point of view (too TeXy), 
and it would be nice to use the same syntax than with pdfTeX input.




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