[pdftex] xetex and pdftex

Ulrike Fischer news3 at nililand.de
Sat Sep 5 13:10:42 CEST 2009

Am Fri, 4 Sep 2009 16:26:25 -0400 schrieb John Culleton:

> In theory xetex should be pdftex with enhanced font handling 
> capability. 

No, xetex is more like a combination of etex + dvipdfmx, enhanced
with some commands of pdftex, unicode support and font handling.

> Indeed xetex bypasses the whole mapping and tfm file 
> structures that we have lived with for so many years. 

It can bypass them, but it can also use them. 

> Even quotation marks cannot be created in the usual fashion. 

In case you mean through ligatures: Activate the tex-text mapping:







Ulrike Fischer 

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