[pdftex] xetex and pdftex
john at wexfordpress.com
Fri Sep 4 22:26:25 CEST 2009
In theory xetex should be pdftex with enhanced font handling
capability. Indeed xetex bypasses the whole mapping and tfm file
structures that we have lived with for so many years. I love that
it goes to the general system font repository (/usr/share/fonts in
my case) and uses meaningful font names.
Unfortunately it has so many other limitations to be practically
unusable. For example \pdfhorigin no longer works.
\letterspacing no longer works. Hanging punctuation and
microtypography don't seem to work. Even quotation marks
cannot be created in the usual fashion.
Is there a way to use the new font handling without losing all
these other other features?
No, I thought not. But it never hurts to ask.
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