[OS X TeX] Gentium help
bvoisin at mac.com
Sat Sep 2 12:38:24 EDT 2006
Le 2 sept. 06 à 18:06, Mohinish a écrit :
> I did try the XeTeX a bit, but probably because my TeXShop is an
> older version and/or because I have so many other (some hacky)
> packages, it kept throwing errors.
This most probably comes from your using packages (for example
beamer) which rely on either dvips, pdfTeX or dvipdfm to do their
job. For well-written packages, namely packages which call external
driver-specific definition files, the situation has mostly been fixed
already: this is for example the case with graphics/graphicx and
color, for which Ross Moore has provided a xetex.def. For other
packages, such as beamer, which include hard-coded switches for
dvips, pdfTeX and dvipdfm only, the situation is gradually getting
Specifically, the most recent versions of XeTeX (like the current
0.995 rev. D at the time of this writing), which are now cross-
platform (Mac OS X/Windows/Linux), can work on the Mac with either
the original extended DVI processor xdv2pdf (called implicitly at the
end of each XeTeX run), or with xdvipdfmx an extended version of
dvipdfmx. This means that, in case you choose to use xdvipdfmx
instead of xdv2pdf, then you can use packages which include dvipdfm
support (like beamer) by calling them with the option [dvipdfm].
How to select xdvipdfmx on the Mac? By invoking XeTeX in the form:
xetex -output-driver='xdvipdfmx -q -E'
xelatex -output-driver='xdvipdfmx -q -E'
This can probably be automated by creating a dedicated TeXShop engine.
There is a drawback to this appproach, though: while xdv2pdf can use
any font known to OS X, xdvipdfmx can only use TrueType and OpenType
fonts. This shouldn't affect Gentium.
Another reason for using XeTeX with Gentium: they both originate from
SIL International, and in particular Jonathan Kew, the developer of
XeTeX, knows Gentium (as well as Charis SIl and Doulos SIL) very well.
This type of question is generally answered very rapidly on the XeTeX
mailing list <http://tug.org/mailman/listinfo/xetex>.
Hope this helps,
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