[XeTeX] Making a .fmt file using XeTeX

Jonathan Kew jonathan_kew at sil.org
Sat Feb 19 19:42:12 CET 2005

On 19 Feb 2005, at 4:57 pm, Stephen Moye wrote:

> I have solved all of the problems so far, but I have a new one.
> Some of the documents have an 'i' with a dieresis: ï
> If I create a simple document:
> %&program=xetex
> \font\rm="Hoefler Text" at 10pt
> \rm
> Anaïs Nin Altinaï
> \bye
> the characters print correctly.
> I have created a .xfmt file and when I use that the characters are 
> missing in the PDF although they are present in the TeX file. What is 
> the difference? Should the .tex file that serves as the basis for the 
> .xfmt file have something like %&encoding=utf-8 at the head of the 
> file?

No, but you may need one in your .tex document that contains the ï.

%&encoding=.... is an indication to TeXShop as to what encoding it 
should use to save (or load) the document (overriding the default 
specified in Preferences). If you save a file with characters such as ï 
using MacRoman encoding, they won't be read properly by XeTeX because 
it expects all input to be Unicode.


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