[tex-live] bringing xetex to texlive
jonathan_kew at sil.org
Fri May 19 12:11:46 CEST 2006
On 19 May 2006, at 1:18 am, Karl Berry wrote:
> Hi Jonathan,
> I'd like to work towards getting the XeTeX project (derivative
> of e-
> TeX with Unicode and OpenType support) integrated into TeX Live
> Very exciting! Thanks.
> Now that xetex is multiplatform, I wonder if, in the fullness of time,
> the xetex extensions can be integrated with the pdftex extensions
> (present and future). I doubt it's the easiest thing technically, but
> it seems there may be some overlap in functionality.
That's certainly a worthwhile goal; if some day pdftex has sufficient
Unicode and OpenType support that xetex becomes obsolete, that'll be
fine with me! :) And if sharing ideas and code can help that to
happen, great. XeTeX was created as an independent extension using
the techniques that I felt would enable me to achieve useful
functionality most easily and quickly, and allow me to experiment
freely within a system that I understood, but as things mature,
convergence with pdftex would be wonderful.
> on a year-old snapshot of sources from TL),
> I don't think you'll find much has changed.
> there are of course a few changes to shared files in web2c/lib,
> FYI, the original source for web2c remains on Olaf's private machines.
> It's fine to check in changes to TL,
Of course, it'll be a while before I have anything to check in
anyhow, as I'll need to bring everything up-to-date locally first.
> Olaf checks back and forth, but it
> would be good to communicate changes in the shared files on
> tex-k at tug.org, maybe even before checking them in.
OK, that's good to know. I've just sent a subscription request to tex-k.
> The latter may eventually be merged back into the main dvipdfmx
> I hope so. There are too many dvi-to-pdf variants already. The
> dvipdfmx maintainers have been pretty responsive.
I hope so too, and Chof and I were thinking in that direction from
the start. But at this point, we need to have an experimental test-
bed for the xetex extensions, without destabilizing the main dvipdfmx
driver. It's early days yet....
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