[XeTeX] Hoefler italics and diacritics oddity

Jonathan Kew jonathan_kew at sil.org
Tue Jun 22 00:21:30 CEST 2004

On 21 Jun 2004, at 10:59 pm, Musa Furber wrote:

> Ok.
> The only time that it is an issue is when I do transliteration. Since 
> I send all transliterated text through a common macro, would it not be 
> possible to quickly use TeX to perform a quick font change, just for 
> that text? Would it be bad practice?

You could certainly try that. I don't see any reason to consider it 
"bad practice"; if you're tagging transliterated text in some way, 
hooking a particular font style to that tag is perfectly reasonable.

However, you may still find that you get line-final swashes in places 
you don't want them, such as before a word marked with your 
"transliterated" macro, as the commands you're inserting will still 
have the effect of breaking text runs that are handed to ATSUI for 
rendering. But at least it won't be happening mid-word. Whether the end 
result is appropriate, or whether you're better off disabling the 
line-edge swashes altogether, is for you to judge when you see how it 


> On 22 Jun 2004, at 00:40, Jonathan Kew wrote:
>> The \d macro ends up breaking up the text into separate runs, and so 
>> you get line-final swash forms (and potentially line-initial swashes 
>> afterwards). You can disable these by adding "Smart Swashes=!Line 
>> Final Swashes,!Line Initial Swashes" to the font definition.
>> Of course, you might *want* the smart swashes; in the appropriate 
>> places, they look good. But if you have lots of macros or other 
>> special items breaking up your lines of text, they'll appear in all 
>> sorts of unwanted places, and you're better off disabling them.
>> HTH,
>> Jonathan
> Regards,
> Musa
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