[OS X TeX] xetex, latex, and plain tex
fmhoyt at mail.utexas.edu
Fri Dec 10 10:19:34 EST 2004
I am in a bind in that there are features of each of xetex and latex
that I would like to use but which do not seem to be compatible with
each other. Xetex offers the ability to typeset using a variety of ttf
fonts (arabic in particular), while latex has commands for margin
notes. Since both xetex and latex are based on "plain" tex, I am
wondering if working in plain tex would allow me to have my cake and
eat it too.
The project in question consists of typesetting instructional materials
for a second- or third-year arabic course. The professor on whose
behalf I am working does not like the font embedded within arabtex
because it includes some complex ligatures that he is afraid will be
difficult for students to read. Xetex offers a very nice way of
typesetting with various arabic fonts producing very nice results.
However, the professor also wants to have left- and right-hand margin
notes containing glosses for words in the text. These notes need to
align properly with the line containing the word being glossed. This is
possible in latex using the \marginpar command, but as far as I can
tell this is not possible in Xetex.
So, can someone tell if there are (non-latex) plain tex commands for
margin notes that would work in xetex? Or alternately, is there a way
to embed the way xetex uses fonts inside a latex document?
"Hell is other people at breakfast." - Sartre
Frederick M. Hoyt
University of Texas at Austin
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