[OS X TeX] XeLaTeX?
dac at panix.com
Sun Jan 25 15:44:10 EST 2009
> 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.
> There are enough little changes you need to make switching from
> pdfLaTeX to XeLaTeX to make support a nightmare if the default is
> switched. Besides, a lot of the documentation on custom layout is
> suddenly obsoleted.
That was helpful perspective, but I'm still confused, especially about
point number two. What exactly do you mean by "customized your layout"?
Almost everything I do is heavy in mathematics. It would be helpful to
have a sense of which fonts can be reaosnably safely interchanged with
And what was it someone said about switching to unicode? I need to
"start to write and save in UTF-8. Or UTF-16." Why is this necessary
for the source file? That's a requirement of the xelatex engine?
And, knowing little about unicode or text encodings, how would I do
that, anyway? I generally use AlphaX as my text editor. (As I
understand it, full unicode support in Alpha is a ways off.)
Still needing that step-by-step walkthrough...
(Thanks for that sample preambles, though, folks!)
> - 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.
"microtypography"? (Yes, I googled it.)
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