[texhax] shear transform

Reinhard Kotucha reinhard.kotucha at web.de
Wed May 18 21:52:20 CEST 2011

On 2011-05-18 at 10:29:55 -0400, Peter Davis wrote:

 > Hi,
 > I am (still) working on a converter that will turn XML into LaTeX,
 > and then into PDF, PostScript, JPEG and a few other formats.  The
 > goal is for this to run "lights out" (completely unattended) in a
 > 24x7 print environment.
 > I'm planning to use XeLaTeX, largely because of the ability to
 > support OTF fonts, Unicode characters, Asian and other complex
 > scripting languages, etc.  However ...
 > The XML format I'm working with allows arbitrary affine
 > transformations to be specified for any object on the page.  Scale
 > and rotate seem pretty easy, but shear is going to be tough.  The
 > problem is that a) shear seems to require PSTricks, b) PSTricks,
 > when used with XeTeX/XeLaTeX, seems to require Ghostscript, and c)
 > I can't use Ghostscript because of GPL licensing restrictions.
Doesn't XeTeX contain libraries which are under GPL too?  Kpathsea,
for instance?


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