[XeTeX] XeTeX segmentation faults

Musa Furber musaf at runbox.com
Wed Jun 16 19:17:06 CEST 2004

On 15 Jun 2004, at 14:41, Jonathan Kew wrote:

> On 15 Jun 2004, at 12:23 pm, Musa Furber wrote:
>> [...]
>> As a side issue: The file I rendered with XeLaTeX previously had 
>> something that may be of interest. While '' was rendered as a 
>> smart-close-quote, ``was rendered as two marks and not as a 
>> smart-begin-quote.
> Rendering `` and '' as "smart" double quotes is a feature of the .tfm 
> files associated with CM and other standard TeX fonts; it isn't normal 
> behavior for AAT or OpenType fonts. (In principle, they could include 
> ligature rules to do this, but they're not used that way in practice.) 
> When using Unicode fonts, there are separate characters for the 
> various "real" typographic quotes; that's the appropriate thing to 
> use.
> (For existing documents, it would be possible to write clever TeX 
> macros that replace `` with \char"201C, etc., but I really wouldn't 
> recommend it. If you're working with legacy TeX fonts, use the old TeX 
> conventions for quotes, dashes, accents, etc.; but if you're working 
> with Unicode text and fonts, use the proper Unicode characters.)

I would prefer to maintain compatibility with LaTeX as much as possible.

Converting `, ``, --, ---, and vowels with bars over them is 
straightforward: just convert them to the proper Unicode glyph.

Is there anything I can do about where XeTeX places the dot when I use 
\d{H} ? When I used Hoefler through pdflatex, the dot is placed exactly 
where it should be. XeTeX places it far lower.

Thanks much for you help. I am a newbie...and Hoefler just looks so 


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