[XeTeX] OS X fonts.
Schremmer.Alain at verizon.net
Thu Jul 22 23:57:02 CEST 2004
(1) I downloaded the Sample Files.
When I tried to typeset XeTeX-notes, though, the console told me that
it couldn't find `XeLaTeX.xfmt'!
I remembered seeing something about that in the FAQ and, sure enough,
there it was. So, I used i-Installer to reconfigure with "no critical
error" but `XeLaTeX.xfmt' still missing.
The Subprocess output says in several places
Hyphenation trie of length 8525 has 308 ops out of 35111
9 for language 3
30 for language 2
88 for language 1
181 for language 0
No pages of output.
Of course it doesn't mean anything to me.
(2) But I did read the source of XeTeX-notes and it confirmed what you
said and what I thought (not the same things):
It is work in progress and, moreover, more oriented towards TeX than
LaTeX (and for non-Roman languages). Therefore emphatically not my
However, to quote:
When a |\font| command is read, it first attempts to locate an
installed font in Mac OS X with the given name.
If one is found, then this font will be used in ATSUI mode, making use
of any advanced features that may be included in the AAT font tables,
and without reference to any |.TFM| file.
If no installed font is found, \XeTeX\ will attempt to load a |.TFM|
file and perform standard |.TFM|-based typesetting with this font.
But this only(?) in TeX.
(3) The reason I wanted to use Futura Condensed was that I needed a
different-looking font to typeset "units" that would also be narrow
enough to fit in tabulars like the following:
KILOMeter | HECTOMetyer | DEKAMeter | … | MILLIMeter
(with small caps for ILO, ECTO, EKA, … ILLI.)
While cmss is different-looking enough, a more condensed font would
have made it easier to make the tables.
Still, I am afraid that I raised a tempest in a teapot.
(4) Still, if not too difficult, I wouldn't mind "finding" that missing
Thanks to all.
On Jul 21, 2004, at 11:01 PM, Herb Schulz wrote:
> On 7/21/04 9:48 PM, "Alain Schremmer" <Schremmer.Alain at verizon.net>
>> Greetings to all.
>> I was recently told that to use Futura Condensed Medium, a resident
>> font under Panther, I "just need to get it installed for TeX to use."
>> So, I i-installed XeTeX, changed the preferences in TeXshop and had no
>> idea how to continue.
>> I looked up the FAQ, etc but didn't find anything relevant.
>> I am quite new at LaTeX and am quite stuck.
>> Should anyone be able to point me in the right direction, I would
>> greatly appreciate.
> Download the Sample Files from the Download Page at
> And typeset the XeTeX-notes document (using XeTeX naturally). It has
> useful information there. There is also a FAQ page there. All in all
> got to remember that XeTeX is really at an early stage and seems to be
> easily used using XeTeX rather than XeLaTeX; at least to me.
> Good Luck,
> Herb Schulz
> (herbs at wideopenwest.com)
> XeTeX mailing list
> postmaster at tug.org
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