[OS X TeX] Next generation TeX

Bob Kerstetter bkerstetter at mac.com
Thu Sep 9 03:52:05 CEST 2004

On Sep 8, 2004, at 7:31 PM, Ross Moore wrote:

>> On Wednesday, September 8, 2004, at 02:52  PM, Bob Kerstetter wrote:
>>> Was Textures able to produce cross platform documents?
> Was it able to -- yes.
> It depends on what level you mean:

The question came from a comment made by Bruno:

> There is an alternative Unicode approach to TeX called XeTeX. It adds 
> a lot of flexibility, and is well integrated with TeXShop and iTeXMac; 
> however, you lose cross-platform compatibility, as XeTeX relies 
> entirely on OS X font management.

I was just wondering how XeTeX fits in, historically speaking, to TeX 
on the Macintosh. I have never used Textures, although someone I work 
with used it until I "introduced" him to TeXShop, iTeXMac and GW-teTeX, 
all of which he now uses.

Also, while I have yet to try XeTeX beyond running some of Jonathan's 
sample files, I have thought it might solve the problem my seminary 
friends are having with the fairly new Greek and Hebrew fonts 
distributed with the Macintosh program called Accordance. Basically, 
they wanted to be able to cut from Accordance and paste into TeXShop, 
then print out everything. We tried all sorts of things last Spring and 
finally gave up.

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