[OS X TeX] Squeezing text into boxes

Maarten Sneep maarten.sneep at xs4all.nl
Fri Jul 18 05:37:12 EDT 2008

On 18 jul 2008, at 11:32, Franck Pastor wrote:

> Le 18-juil.-08 à 11:13, Maarten Sneep a écrit :
>> On 18 jul 2008, at 10:32, Luis Sequeira wrote:
>>> I second the suggestion to use pstricks. It is easy create the  
>>> boxes, color them and put the text in them. And you can easily  
>>> scale anything to fit, as the OP pointed out.
>> [snip]
>>> 1) As always, when using pstricks, you must use "TeX &  
>>> Ghostscript" instead of pdflatex.
>> For this reason, I suggest that pstricks is best avoided if you are  
>> not already familiar with it. All signs of the future of tex point  
>> to a pdf-based workflow, not a dvi-based workflow (xetex, luatex).  
>> If you need the functionality of pstricks, the use of metapost is  
>> probably a better idea as it is compatible with the pdf-based  
>> workflow. Especially with the integration of OpenType and Unicode,  
>> dvi is on its way out.
> I thought that XeTeX was "dvi-based"? It produces first a file in  
> extended dvi format (xdv).

Yes, but not pstricks compatible as far as I can see. xdv cannot be  
processed by a dvips-like tool, and therefore there is no postscript  
interpreter involved, needed for pstricks. It is an extended dvi (not  
classic dvi), and is translated straight from xdv to pdf.


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