[XeTeX] Re: [OS X TeX] Where is XeTeX README?

Jonathan Kew jonathan_kew at sil.org
Fri May 21 22:20:37 CEST 2004

Thanks for responding to this, Bruno. I haven't been on the "TeX on Mac 
OS X" mailing list, but with wider exposure for XeTeX, I'd better keep 
an eye on it.

You're right; I've realized that the i-Installer package doesn't 
currently present the same Read Me as the original Apple Installer 
package. That's something I should fix next time I update it.

The XeTeX site at <http://scripts.sil.org/xetex> has recently acquired 
an FAQ page, by the way, and a page on configuring TeXShop; some of the 
material from the missing Read Me can be found there. I'll add material 
as time permits.

And it's certainly true that overall documentation for XeTeX is very 
limited at the moment. Partly, this is because it's is a pretty 
fast-moving target for the time being. I try to document additions 
(often by means of examples), in the Sample Files package (which is a 
separate download; that's another thing i-Installer users might miss, 
and I should put some pointers into the i-Package). But I haven't 
wanted to spend a lot of time writing documentation that will be 
obsolete within weeks. There are still major new features that might 
show up soon if I get them working. ;-)



On 21 May 2004, at 7:48 pm, Bruno Voisin wrote:

> Le 21 mai 04, à 20:36, Stephen Anderson a écrit :
>> I just installed XeTeX using i-Installer from Jonathan Kew's 
>> directory, but I can't find the description of how to use it that 
>> seems to be promised.  The README shown by i-Installer consists 
>> solely of a few lines of change notes, and I can't see any other way 
>> to get a (real) README.  I'm sure I'm being obtuse, but I would 
>> appreciate someone's enlightening me.
> If you install using the Apple Installer package, a ReadMe file is 
> shown during the installation process, that you can save to disk. It 
> speaks mostly of installation issues.
> More informative is the file XeTeX-notes.tex which is part of the 
> Sample files archive which you can download from XeTeX's web site 
> <http://scripts.sil.org/xetex> (from there, go to the Downloads page 
> from the list of XeTeX Pages in the top right corner). It's more or 
> less a User's Manual documenting XeTeX's features. The other sample 
> files are also very informative and the output is quite impressive. 
> Maybe they're included inside the i-Installer package, I haven't 
> checked yet.
> There's also a dedicated XeTeX mailing list 
> <http://tug.org/mailman/listinfo/xetex>.
> Hope this helps,
> Bruno Voisin
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