[XeTeX] quotes, why this? (sorry if this is a duplicate)

Jonathan Kew jonathan_kew at sil.org
Tue May 11 18:31:46 CEST 2004

It looks like the .dfont version of Times that Apple ships in 
/System/Library/Fonts/ does not support the Smart Quotes feature.

If you have a Times suitcase from an older version of the OS, such as 
Mac OS 9, you could try putting that into ~/Library/Fonts/, where I 
believe it will take precedence, and see what happens. When I put my 
Times suitcase (labeled v.3.5) from OS 9.2.1 in there, I get working 
Smart Quotes.

This illustrates the need for an interface that lets you find out 
exactly what features and settings are supported by a given font. Also, 
XeTeX currently just ignores requests for features that don't exist; I 
need to make it generate a warning message in that situation.


On 11 May 2004, at 2:16 pm, Anthony Mosakowski wrote:

> I've been fiddling with XeTeX for a while and found this unexpected 
> (to me at least) behavior.
> Hoefler Text and Skia seem to correctly educate quotes while Times 
> Roman does not. I tried turning on the Smart Quote feature of Times, 
> but it had no effect. I've attached a small sample latex file to 
> demonstrate. What's going on here?
> <test2.ltx>
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