doc suggestion, was: [XeTeX] beginners trouble

Will Robertson will at
Sun Nov 13 10:45:06 CET 2005

Hi Martin,

Thanks for all your comments. I'll certainly add an example file to  
my documentation in the next release. I'll also look to see how the  
beginning can be re-worded to give a better "big picture" introduction.

On 13/11/2005, at 7pm, Martin Henning wrote:

> As for XeTeX i will still have to get the broad picture :)

Consider it good for two things: unicode and fonts.
If you've tried using "other" fonts in TeX you'll know it's a very  
difficult process at times. XeTeX removes that problem, by  
interfacing to the fonts in Mac OS X. fontspec makes them easy to use.

The other problem is unicode. TeX simply can't do multilingual  
typesetting to any degree that could be called "comfortable". XeTeX  
allows you to write in Chinese, Arabic, Russian, English, and  
whatever else all in the same document, all displaying natively in  
the source, as opposed to an obscure transliteration scheme.

I think that's the best I can do. Anyone care to propose a more  
concise definition of XeTeX's advantages? :)


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