[XeTeX] Long dash "--" in Latex
musaf at runbox.com
Fri Jul 2 19:21:29 CEST 2004
On 2 Jul 2004, at 15:44, Bruce D'Arcus wrote:
> On Jul 2, 2004, at 6:12 AM, Bruno Voisin wrote:
>> A problem can be that in every different language (every different
>> Mac OS X localization) people will have a different notion of what
>> are the most obvious spokes (i.e. the most obvious diacritics needing
>> compatibility with TeX's standard input for them). And this could end
>> up, in some way or another, like reimplementing Omega.
> Exactly. While I understand Ross' point, there just seems something
> perverse about trying to workaround a major feature of XeTeX – that it
> is unicode – to support a major limitation of regular TeX.
> The only thing I personally value about TeX is its high-quality
> typesetting. There's a lot that is a mess about it. I've had this
> argument elsewhere though (for example, people wanting to support
> character entities in XML document standards, which means one cannot
> ever use anything but a DTD-based toolchain, with all of its
> limitations), and realize YMMV.
After reading Bruno's message, I now see one of the reasons to avoid
what I had mentioned.
In the case of single and double quotes, OpenType fonts can handle them
automatically (converting ' and " to their proper forms based on their
context in the stream). But using them means losing a but of
compatibility with other implementations of TeX and LaTeX.
I read somewhere that one cannot override -- and ---, and `, ``, ''. If
I am mistaken, then I am more than happy to do this on my own. Where is
the best place to look? (Bruno: as you can see, your apology was
unnecessary; I am still waiting for my first copy of "The LaTeX
I actually prefer TeX's way of entering text over entering straight
One of the nice things about using TeX is the ability to make multiple
"views" of the same document. I translate classical Arabic texts where
the primary text may have several layers of commentaries. By writing a
macro for each commentary, it becomes a trivial matter of deciding what
appears on the page and how.
LaTeX is way cooler than XML. For me, at least.
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