[texworks] XeLaTeX Typsetting tool

Charlie Sharpsteen chuck at sharpsteen.net
Sat Jul 16 17:13:07 CEST 2011

On Sat, Jul 16, 2011 at 6:59 AM, David Perry <hospes.primus at verizon.net>wrote:

> Paul,
> If I understand correctly:
> Xe(La)TeX is the only option if one's work requires:
> a) Unicode
> b) smart fonts
> c) the ability to use any system font
> LuaTeX offers a) and b) but not c) (but may not be ready for all users yet,
> as some other recent messages suggest).

As far as I can tell, LuaTeX does offer access to any system font. For both
XeTeX and LuaTeX the user-facing system for font access is the fontspec


Fontspec was originally XeTeX-specific but recently added support for LuaTeX
(last year if I recall correctly). So, system font access is definitely more
mature for XeTeX but also possible under LuaTeX without adopting a different

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