[XeTeX] XeLaTeX and math --- a structural design query
shrao at nyx.net
Thu Jun 18 06:14:45 CEST 2009
El jun 18, 2009, a las 9:04 a.m., Nicolas Vaughan escribió:
> I have been commissioned by a university to design a collection of
> monographs on mathematics. I should be providing a class file, a
> user manual and a typeset example.
> At the outset, I decided to work in XeLaTeX, since this is the
> system I have been working with lately, and with which I feel quite
> However, some folks have told me that, since I know not what the
> precise content of the monographs will be (apart from the usual
> LaTeX packages and AMS commands and environments), there is a risk
> there might be a clash between XeLaTeX and the content (e.g., with
> commutative diagrams, perhaps?).
> What do you suggest? Should I stick to plain old LaTeX, or should I
> go all the way through with XeLaTeX?
I don't see any particular merit to preferring XeLaTeX over LaTeX in
mathematical writing, since the main advantage gained is ease of use
of different text fonts, which is at best a minor virtue in
mathematics. Perhaps when there are good math Unicode fonts, such a
choice will make sense.
It has also been my (admittedly limited) experience that publishers
and fellow-authors are sometimes uncomfortable with XeTeX/XeLaTeX, and
have difficulty working with such source files. This is also
something I would consider in making a switch.
> Thanks for any ideas.
> Nicolas Vaughan
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