[XeTeX] Character alternatives

Musa Furber musaf at runbox.com
Tue Sep 14 14:06:57 CEST 2004

On 14 Sep 2004, at 14:04, Jonathan Kew wrote:

> On 14 Sep 2004, at 4:52 am, Musa Furber wrote:
>> Is there an easy mechanism for accessing the various alternatives for 
>> a given character, such as what you can do for some fonts at the 
>> bottom of the Typography dialog?
> No, sorry; it's not clear to me how one could approach that. I assume 
> the popups in the Typography palette are derived from a 'Zapf' table 
> in the fonts, but it's hard to envision a workable TeX-source-level 
> way to specify such choices, in the absence of some kind of meaningful 
> naming of the variants.

Does the naming problem have to do with what XeTeX would use to select 
the correct glyph, or what the user would need to tell XeTeX to get the 
right glyph?

Have you seen Sivan Toledo's article "Exploiting Rich Fonts" in TUGboat 
volume 21 (2000), No. 2? There he somehow uses ^ to jump to the 
alternative characters.

Thanks for your time.


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