[lltx] fontspec development

Will Robertson wspr81 at gmail.com
Thu Jan 7 08:05:00 CET 2010

Hi all,

I'm assuming that this setup thing has gone well and everyone's sort of seeing what I'm writing here. Once we've started a bit of a discussion I'll put a notice on c.t.t. (etc.) that this group exists.

So I'm in the middle of fixing up some of fontspec's more egregious bugs while grafting in support that Elie and Khaled have been adding for OpenType fonts in LuaTeX (based on ConTeXt and extended for our needs).

Anyway, the current fontspec code is here:

You'll also want to grab recent version of luaotfload and luatextra:

Guess I should put that in a readme. Damn.

The biggest job for me, now, is to finish off a re-organisation of the documentation. As I go through things I'm trying to tidy up the code, as well, but that's a bit of a mess -- fontspec was my first major piece of development work, and I've learnt a lot since then!

In regards to the philosophy of Lua vs TeX programming, for those who are interested in actually working with the package, I don't care too much but my personal preference is to stick with TeX (or rather expl3) code as much as possible to keep things sort-of in sync between the XeTeX and LuaTeX sections of the code. But if you're happier writing Lua code: go for it.

-- Will

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