[XeTeX] Typographic consistency (was: CJK and ideographic font names)

Paolo Matteucci p.matteucci at soton.ac.uk
Fri Sep 10 20:09:24 CEST 2004

Il giorno 09/set/04, alle 23:56, Ross Moore ha scritto:

>> The tipa package seems indeed to be the culprit... That's a pity, 
>> because tipa is the best package for IPA fonts I've ever tried -true: 
>> it doesn't use Unicode (although the ucs package allows for a "tipa" 
>> option), but does exploit all TeX "programmability": e.g., no Unicode 
>> font will ever be able to contain all the theoretically possible 
>> combinations of Chao's "tone letters", but, of course, TeX can 
>> "generate" any of them...
> Maybe I can help with this.
> The updated version of my  utf8accents  package supports the TeX macro 
> names
> and many of the diacritic constructions used in the tipa.sty package.

Thank you for this, Ross, and thank you, Jonathan, for reminding me of 
the Doulos SIL font. I'll certainly give it another try.

The problem here, though, is a more general one. It is a problem of 
"integration" or "typographic consistency", which was touched upon -if 
I'm not mistaken- by Bruno earlier this week.

If (1) you need/want to mix Latin text with [a lot of] maths, 
[polytonic] Greek, Cyrillic, IPA, etc. (2) you are not able/don't have 
the time to design your fonts or (3) you don't have the money to 
purchase the appropriate font suites (which are all "wanting" in one 
way or another, by the way -that's what prompted Donald Knuth to design 
his own, after all), you don't have many other options but to stick to 
the "CM font family" (although, quite frankly, I'm getting a bit tired 
of it)... That's another [very important] reason why I'm using tipa.

Of course, this is not XeTeX's fault.

	Once again, many thanks to both of you,


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