[NTG-context] texexec in ConTeXt Standalone does not work

Hans Hagen pragma at wxs.nl
Sat Oct 29 00:11:37 CEST 2016

On 10/28/2016 9:06 PM, Pablo Rodriguez wrote:
> On 10/28/2016 08:35 PM, Asim ConTeXt wrote:
>> Thank you.
>> I want to use MkII because, as far as I know, MkII uses pdfTeX; which is
>> stable. While MkIV uses LuaTeX; which is yet in development. Further,
>> pdfTeX is better at microtypography.

In what respect better? The mechanism in Luatex is mostly the same as in 
pdftex but has been improved a bit (cleaner pdf code, more efficient 
font usage i.e. no duplicate fonts, etc.) and the mkiv support is 
probably a bit better than mkii too.

>> Am I correct at these two points? I would like to hear from you.
> Hi Asim,
> I’m only an average user. But I guess LuaTeX is pretty stable (version 1
> was released recently).
> I have no complain about LuaTeX microtypography. I mean, I use both font
> expansion and character protrusion, and they work fine for me.
> But I’m not a LaTeX user. If you took the data from
> http://mirrors.ctan.org/macros/latex/contrib/microtype/microtype.pdf#page=7,
> please don’t forget that the LuaTeX version included in that table is old.
> Maybe you find interesting this thread about microtypography in ConTeXt:
> https://mailman.ntg.nl/pipermail/ntg-context/2016/084990.html.
>> I found that my system fonts are located at c:\windows\fonts, so I added
>> this address in front of OSFONTDIR in texmf.cnf file. But it still is
>> not working, although the previous warning message has now gone. ConTeXt
>> now silently stops the processing and does not give any output file.
> I’d rather use MkIV. But if you want to stick to MkII, consider the
> following variants:
>     OSFONTDIR = $SystemRoot/Fonts
>     OSFONTDIR = c:/Windows/Fonts
> I cannot remember, but I think using "\" is problematic with TeX (even
> for path names).
> Just in case it might help,
> Pablo


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