[OS X TeX] XeLaTeX?

Simon Spiegel simon at simifilm.ch
Sat Jan 24 16:50:18 EST 2009

On 24.01.2009, at 22:39, Maarten Sneep wrote:

> On 24 jan 2009, at 21:56, david craig wrote:
>> As for fonts ...
>>> It's not the case anymore, since XeTeX and XeLaTeX exist.
>> I am unclear on the level of compatibility between XeLaTeX and  
>> LaTeX. Will LaTeX files compile under XeLaTeX precisely as they  
>> would under LaTeX?  If yes, why does TeXShop not default to XeLaTeX  
>> now?
> This answer has several levels:
> - If you use psticks or psfrag, you can't use xe(la)tex without  
> changes to your source. (or switch from latex+dvips to pdflatex).
> - If you customized your layout (especially including font changes)  
> you will have to change your source to get the layout in xelatex.
> - If you are heavy on mathematical typesetting, not all fonts will  
> be able to handle all symbols.
> - Journals expect you to send 'standard' latex.

One thing to add to that list:

- So far, there's no support for pdftex's microtypography features,  
which is for me the reason I stay with (pdf)LaTeX for the moment.

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