[XeTeX] OS X fonts.

Bruno Voisin bvoisin at mac.com
Thu Jul 22 08:26:50 CEST 2004

Le 22 juil. 04, à 04:48, Alain Schremmer a écrit :

> I was recently told that to use Futura Condensed Medium, a resident  
> font under Panther, I "just need to get it installed for TeX to use."
> So, I i-installed XeTeX, changed the preferences in TeXshop and had no  
> idea how to continue.
> I looked up the FAQ, etc but didn't find anything relevant.

To this I can but repeat what Herb already said:

- There is a doc for XeTeX, in the form of example files downloadable  
as an archive from  
site_id=nrsi&item_id=xetex_download>. In particular, in these files,  
the closest to a manual is XeTeX-notes.tex.

- Be prepared to live with a few limitations, as XeTeX is still  
pre-release software, in active development. In particular, there is no  
extensive LaTeX support for XeTeX yet, apart from driver files for the  
graphics/x and color packages written by Ross Moore.

> I am quite new at LaTeX and am quite stuck.

For your specific need above, and assuming you're planning to use  
Futura Condensed Medium as the main text font (i.e., the one  
corresponding to \textrm, not \textsf), you may try putting in your  
document's preamble:

   {<-> "Futura\space Condensed\space Medium"}{}
   {<-> "Futura\space Condensed\space ExtraBold"}{}
   {<-> ssub * FuturaCondensed/bx/n}{}

Note there are no italic and bold italic fonts to go with Futura  
Condensed Medium, apparently.

You also need to switch the encoding in your text editor to UTF-8. For  
example, in TeXShop that's done in the prefs at Document/Encoding.  
Beware: that setting only affects new documents, it does not perform  
any encoding conversion for already existing documents; for the  
conversion, you may have a look at Cyclone  

You'll also need to alter your input habits a bit: for proper output,  
XeTeX expects all your input to be UTF-8. This implies, in particular,  
that TeX control sequences such as -- --- `` '' for getting – — “ ”  
need to be entered directly on the keyboard as – — “ ” etc.; the same  
applies to accents or diacritics, i.e. write "été" not "\'et\'e",  
"œuvre" not "\oe uvre", "français" not "fran\c cais" etc.

For greater detail on these issues, you may have a look at the archives  
of this list, where all these issues have been brought about at one  
point or another.

> Should anyone be able to point me in the right direction, I would  
> greatly appreciate.

Hope this helps,

Bruno Voisin

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