[OS X TeX] Gentium help
shukla at sissa.it
Sat Sep 2 19:29:16 CEST 2006
thanks for the clarification.
I'll try to move to xetex then.
the good thing is that the most vital package and the most likely to
have been troublesome, qtree, has a new improved version with both
DVI/PS and PDF, hallelujah!
although I suspect that being cowardly, I'll end up sticking with the
current settings till I get my PhD :)
On 2 Sep 2006, at 6:38 PM, Bruno Voisin wrote:
> Le 2 sept. 06 à 18:06, Mohinish a écrit :
>> I did try the XeTeX a bit, but probably because my TeXShop is an
>> older version and/or because I have so many other (some hacky)
>> packages, it kept throwing errors.
> This most probably comes from your using packages (for example
> beamer) which rely on either dvips, pdfTeX or dvipdfm to do their
> job. For well-written packages, namely packages which call external
> driver-specific definition files, the situation has mostly been
> fixed already: this is for example the case with graphics/graphicx
> and color, for which Ross Moore has provided a xetex.def. For other
> packages, such as beamer, which include hard-coded switches for
> dvips, pdfTeX and dvipdfm only, the situation is gradually getting
> Specifically, the most recent versions of XeTeX (like the current
> 0.995 rev. D at the time of this writing), which are now cross-
> platform (Mac OS X/Windows/Linux), can work on the Mac with either
> the original extended DVI processor xdv2pdf (called implicitly at
> the end of each XeTeX run), or with xdvipdfmx an extended version
> of dvipdfmx. This means that, in case you choose to use xdvipdfmx
> instead of xdv2pdf, then you can use packages which include dvipdfm
> support (like beamer) by calling them with the option [dvipdfm].
> How to select xdvipdfmx on the Mac? By invoking XeTeX in the form:
> xetex -output-driver='xdvipdfmx -q -E'
> xelatex -output-driver='xdvipdfmx -q -E'
> This can probably be automated by creating a dedicated TeXShop engine.
> There is a drawback to this appproach, though: while xdv2pdf can
> use any font known to OS X, xdvipdfmx can only use TrueType and
> OpenType fonts. This shouldn't affect Gentium.
> Another reason for using XeTeX with Gentium: they both originate
> from SIL International, and in particular Jonathan Kew, the
> developer of XeTeX, knows Gentium (as well as Charis SIl and Doulos
> SIL) very well.
> This type of question is generally answered very rapidly on the
> XeTeX mailing list <http://tug.org/mailman/listinfo/xetex>.
> Hope this helps,
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