[OS X TeX] graphics with xelatex

Maarten Sneep maarten.sneep at xs4all.nl
Tue Jul 3 14:37:12 CEST 2007

On Jul 3, 2007, at 14:26, Herbert Schulz wrote:

> On Jul 3, 2007, at 2:23 AM, Maarten Sneep wrote:
>> Since MetaPost uses an intermediate call to TeX, and then parses  
>> the dvi output, I don't think that text can be used in those  
>> figures when you really want to use metapost with xetex, but I  
>> gaven't tried this myself, so I'm not sure it will fail.
> A similar thing can be said about using pdftricks or pst-pdf since  
> they produce intermediate files that are not processed via xelatex.

Well, if you replace a file as expected by metapost (a dvi file with  
text, to be placed in the metapost output) with a different file  
(pdf, or xdv), then you can expect the metapost run to fail. You can  
of course let metapost use tex, but then you don't get the font  
features from xetex.

That was what I was trying to communicate: the intermediate files  
expected by metapost cannot be produced by xetex. The output of  
metapost will be compatible, as it is a subset of postscript, and the  
interpreted to get it into tex is written in tex, which should just  
port over to xetex. That still leaves the fonts though…

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